Press release: Youth Fight for Jobs campaign

Press release for immediate use 26 March 2009

G20 protests highlight the prospect of mass unemployment

Youth Fight for Jobs campaign says no return to the 1930s

The ‘Youth Fight for Jobs’ campaign is taking up the issue of job losses and the lack of jobs for young people. The campaign will be launched through a ‘March for Jobs’, in the tradition of the Jarrow Marchers, to the G20 on 2 April. Unemployed youth, young workers, graduates, school leavers and more will march past 4 of the poorest boroughs in London, assembling outside the London Assembly building on Tooley Street at 10am, marching past the Bank of England, past Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Newham finishing at the G20 meeting at the ExCel Centre where Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT, among others, will address the marchers.

Sean Figg, national organiser, says “Whilst the G20 will discuss a number of important issues, the protests against the G20 will also be campaigning on a range of different issues, and I find it disappointing that the media coverage is concentrating on the most frivolous aspects of these protests”

“Unemployment, which leading figures including David Blanchflower have cited as one of the most devastating effects on young people that this crisis will have, is being raised on the march for jobs, from the London Assembly building to the ExCel centre itself.”

The Youth Fight for Jobs campaign is demonstrating on 2 April, the day of the G20, against unemployment and the effects that this crisis is having on young people and the working class. In the traditions of the Jarrow March and other protests, we will be marching all day through the streets of some of London’s poorest boroughs to highlight exactly how young people will be affected.