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29 February 2012

Interview with a jobcentre worker

What workfare really means: Workfare is a catch-all term used to describe the various unpaid work schemes the government operates through the Department for Work and Pensions

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For Real Jobs not Workfare - Youth Fight for Jobs protest outside Tesco, photo by Suzanne Beishon

For Real Jobs not Workfare - Youth Fight for Jobs protest outside Tesco, photo by Suzanne Beishon

22 February 2012

Main parties have no solution to youth unemployment

An audience of 200 gathered in Salford recently to discuss and debate the latest unemployment figures on BBC Radio 5 Live, writes Matt Whale, YFJ unemployed organiser and Jarrow marcher.

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1 February 2012

Only one in six 'vacancies' real

Jaime Davies points out in 'Con-Demned to unemployment' (Issue 702) that there are only 463,000 job vacancies advertised with Jobcentre Plus for 2.5 million unemployed people

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1 February 2012

Dead end in Davos

So-called world leaders are meeting in Davos this week, and it finally seems that youth unemployment is top of the agenda, writes Ian Pattison, Youth Fight for Jobs.

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25 January 2012

Con-Demned to unemployment

Official figures show that in the three months up to November last year unemployment rose by another 118,000 to break the 2.5 million mark, writes Jaime Davies, South East Wales youth organiser.

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4 January 2012

We're not scroungers!

Ian Pattison - a marcher on the Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow march - replies to Labour leader Ed Miliband's recent comments which claim to offer a 'radical rethink' on benefits, writes Dear Ed Miliband.

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Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow March 2011 launch demonstration in Jarrow, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow March 2011 launch demonstration in Jarrow, photo Paul Mattsson

30 November 2011

Jarrow March for Jobs 2011

Preparing the ground for a mass movement of young people: On 1 October a group of young people from every corner of the country - mostly strangers to each other - gathered in Jarrow, just south east of Newcastle, writes Sean Figg, Jarrow marcher.

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29 November 2011

Con-Dems' autumn statement: 'pain now, pain tomorrow and more pain for longer'

"The train is heading over the cliff", declared an MP, about the economy. Now George Osborne has taken some desperate measures to try to partially alleviate the nightmare, but the autumn statement is not a 'Plan B'

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24 November 2011

1.16 million NEETs - Youth Fight for Jobs demands a better future

Official figures today show that a record high of 1.16 million 16- to 24-year-olds in England are not in education, employment or training, almost one in five...

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Ian Pattison, Jarrow marcher, addresses the Jarrow March for Jobs 2011 which ended with a demonstration in London on 5 November , photo Sujeeth

Ian Pattison, Jarrow marcher, addresses the Jarrow March for Jobs 2011 which ended with a demonstration in London on 5 November , photo Sujeeth

23 November 2011

No answers from politicians on Newsnight

On Tuesday 15 November, I was asked to appear on a live Newsnight debate alongside 29 other young people who were either unemployed or underemployed, writes Ian Pattison, Jarrow marcher.

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23 November 2011

Tragic effect of recession

What a tragic waste of human life this economic crisis is creating! In the Socialist (issue 694), we read about the Warwickshire couple who committed suicide because they didn't have enough to live on...

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Jarrow March 2011: Jarrow March for Jobs arrives in London, photo Paul Mattsson

Jarrow March 2011: Jarrow March for Jobs arrives in London, photo Paul Mattsson

9 November 2011

Jarrow march ends, fightback continues

On Saturday 5 November the Jarrow March for Jobs came to an end with a demonstration of thousands in central London, writes Ollie Fournier, Cambridge.

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9 November 2011

1935 - when angry Welsh protests forced a government u-turn

On 4 February 1935, Ceridwen Brown of Aberdare led an army of women, some carrying babies, to Merthyr Tydfil Unemployed Assistance Board (UAB) offices, writes Geoff Jones.

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28 October 2011

Madness to close jobcentres says PCS

The Public and Commercial Services union has condemned plans to close 19 jobcentres across the UK as unemployment rises, announced by the Department for Work and Pensions today...

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Unison members in Wales protest against privatisation, photo Socialist Party Wales

Unison members in Wales protest against privatisation, photo Socialist Party Wales

26 October 2011

10,000 public sector jobs lost in Wales and counting

Over 10,000 public sector jobs have been lost in Wales in the last year according to accountants PwC.

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19 October 2011

Hunger marches - When the unemployed fought back

"Why all this unrest? It seems in the rebound from the anxieties from the war, we are all trying to get something for nothing. We must not ask for the impossible" - Mayoress of Southport, 1922

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13 October 2011

Greenwich Unite criticises privatisation of welfare services

In light of recent figures on unemployment and child poverty, Greenwich Unite has slammed Greenwich council for failing to reconsider the decision to privatise and effectively kill off the Welfare Rights Service

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12 October 2011

Low pay, no way!

The most recent increase in the minimum wage was pitiful in the face of the rocketing cost of living...

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Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow March 2011 launch demonstration in Jarrow, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow March 2011 launch demonstration in Jarrow, photo Paul Mattsson

5 October 2011

Danger: young people's futures at risk

As a gesture to battling rising youth unemployment, the previous Labour government launched the Future Jobs Fund (FJF) in 2009...

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28 September 2011

Why are you marching?

Today we are facing the same questions concerning jobs and living standards as they did 75 years ago, writes Dylan Hussey, college student, Hertfordshire.

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