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28 September 2021

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We won't pay for capitalism's failings

Join Youth Fight for Jobs protests 9 October

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Alex Smith, Liverpool Socialist Party

There are massive attacks against young people on the immediate horizon. The end of the Universal Credit uplift, due at the end of September, is expected to hit young people hardest. Rent outside of London continues to rise, and the Tories' national insurance hike shows that they want to make workers' pay.

With 20% of employers reportedly planning redundancies post-furlough, youth unemployment is set to increase. This is totally unacceptable. Workers and young people must not be made to pay for capitalism's sickness. A determined fightback is needed.

That's why Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) marches are taking place in 13 different cities on 9 October, to coincide with the end of furlough. On these marches, young workers, students and trade unionists will mobilise to make it clear that it must be the super-rich, not the working class and youth, who pay for the Covid crisis. The demands being raised will include calls for rent controls and council homes, a £12-an-hour minimum wage as a first step to £15, and proper training, under trade union control, on a full wage, and with a guaranteed job at the end.

Trade Union support

Many of the YFJ marches already have the formal support of local trades councils and trade union branches, and the campaign nationally has won the support of seven trade unions. In Merseyside, we recently won support from the remaining members of the heroic 'Liverpool 47'- the socialist Labour councillors who defied Thatcher in the 1980s.

The solidarity shown by the 'Liverpool 47' to the YFJ campaign cuts across capitalism's efforts to drive a wedge between younger and older generations of the working class. A new generation of class fighters in the YFJ campaign should take heart and pick up the baton of class struggle - and begin to wage our own fight against capitalism.

The trade unions represent potentially the most powerful force in society: the organised working class. It is for this reason that YFJ fights ferociously for the unions to lead a coordinated fightback against the youth jobs crisis, and for a future with decent jobs and decent pay.

Join Youth Fight for jobs in this fight, to help free ourselves from the low pay, poverty and exploitation of capitalism.

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In The Socialist 28 September 2021:

What we think

We need a new political party for workers and youth

What's behind the worker shortages, and what can be done about it?


Social care plans: A sticking plaster instead of surgery

Hands off the Universal Credit uplift

Unite young and old to defend the pensions triple lock

Climate change

Climate change, capitalism, and the struggle for socialism

Youth and students

We won't pay for capitalism's failings

Scrap tuition fees - end university marketisation

Returning to campus: Students need to fight

Campaigning for socialism at Oxford Brookes Uni

Youth Fight for Jobs launches campaign in Brighton

Workplace news

NSSN trade union rally reflects working-class anger to fight back

Oaks Park school: Redbridge Labour council backs strike-breaking bullies

Save jobs and services - nationalise rail

Weetabix - workers have had enough

Carmarthenshire Unison: 'Recognise our union!'

Goodlord dispute: Labour's leadership weasled out of backing strike action


Take the wealth off the super-rich to fund: NHS and social care, pay and benefit rises

Deaths of despair: Health crisis - capitalism in the dock

On the frontline, and still fighting for the NHS

Solidarity to the striking workers at Charité and Vivantes hospitals in Berlin


Putting socialism on the map in Chichester

Reclaiming Pride as protest in Nottingham

Fighting fund target reached: Help us continue to raise our banner and programme


Nuclear Folly: A New History of the Cuban Missile Crisis

TV review - Grenfell: The Untold Story


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