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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 August 2009

Grim prospects for young people

Yet more proof that the market system offers no future to young people. According to the BBC a senior government education advisor has found that one in six of the teenagers who are out of work and education for a long period could be dead within ten years.

Figures from January this year showed that those aged 16 to 24 not in work, education or training went up by 94,000 to 850,000 between 2003 and 2007. They were supposedly boom years. Now it is clearer than ever that drastic action is needed.

Chaotic and crisis-ridden capitalism cannot provide a decent life for billions on the planet. It is clear that the question of changing the way the world is run is not just urgent but is a life and death issue for thousands of young people.

The Youth Fight for Jobs banner flew high over Trafalgar Square as Coventry YFJ and CWU member Kyly Wilson used her hour on the 'Fourth Plinth' to raise awareness about this important campaign.

During her stint, as part of Anthony Gormley's 'One & Other' art project, on Sunday 9 August, Kyly addressed the crowd on her megaphone, describing the situation young people face and the aims of the YFJ campaign. Red t-shirt clad campaign supporters distributed leaflets to passers-by and found a lot of support for the campaign.

In her press statement Kyly said: "No one's going to just give us what we need to survive, we need to fight, and we need to do it now."


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