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From The Socialist newspaper, 21 August 2004
Know your rights
MILLIONS OF young people are working in low-paid jobs, often with
bullying bosses and unsafe working conditions. Young workers are often
denied their basic rights in work and many are scared of losing their jobs
if they try to argue for better conditions.
Clare James, International Socialist Resistance (ISR) national
This increased exploitation is creating growing frustration and anger
among a lot of young workers. Now, more than ever, we need to be organised
and fighting together to try and improve working conditions. Young people
are the future of the trade union movement, yet a recent TUC survey found
that only 11% of workers under 24 belong to a trade union.
ISR believes it is urgent that the trade unions have a mass campaign to
recruit more young workers. They should organise them and help build their
confidence to take on low-paying, bullying employers to fight for better
pay and working conditions.
ISR has recently launched our ‘Low Pay-No Way!’ campaign across England
and Wales. Actions have taken place in London, Southampton, Brighton,
Sheffield, Nottingham and more, with plans for action over the summer in
many other towns and cites such as Swansea, Cardiff, Bristol and Exeter.
We have given out hundreds of ‘Know Your Rights’ cards as well as
selling many copies of our ‘Fight for Your Rights at Work’ campaign pack.
This has information on what is a trade union, how and why you should
join, what is a strike and picket line and advice for organising in your
Many of the young workers we meet are angry at what they have been
putting up with. They are enthused at seeing sections of workers taking
action against low pay and worsening conditions, such as in the PCS and by
- If you would like more information on the campaign or would like to
get a copy of the campaign pack, send a cheque or postal order, made
payable to ‘ISR’ for £1 each (including postage).
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
- The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
- When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
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In The Socialist 21 August 2004:
Warning: Public Sector Under Attack
Action needed across the public sector
New Labour at war with firefighters
The fighting spirit that saved a pit
Know your rights
Europride Manchester: Stop bullying and discrimination
International socialist news and analysis
Resistance in Iraq
Oil prices set to rock world economy
Armed intervention in Sudan must be opposed
Venezuela referendum - corrupt elite lose again
Boston: Hundreds pack Ralph Nader meeting
Building for a socialist world
Workplace news and analysis
Swansea staff fight outsourcing
Yorkshire bus drivers: Determination pays off
The Socialist 21 August 2004 |
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