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26 June 2015

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Amy Sage, Bristol North Socialist Party

This generation of young people is going to be worse off than our parents. In workplaces, young people are facing brutal and continuous attacks on our pay, terms and conditions. On the campuses, students are facing extortionate tuition fees and rent, course closures and a future wracked with debt. The immediate future for the young working class is looking progressively bleaker. And this is dependent on whether we actually have a future - something which is increasingly called into question with the climate crisis now well and truly upon us!

If we want any hope of a decent future, students and young workers must fight back. This is the message the Socialist Party will be taking into the schools, colleges, universities and workplaces over the next few weeks.

The Youth Fight for Jobs day of action on Saturday 9 October will send a very clear message that young workers will not be the ones to pay for the crisis caused by capitalism. Youth unemployment, underemployment, bogus training schemes, exploitative contracts and detrimental youth rates are burdens we are no longer prepared to bear.

Meanwhile as university terms start, none of the issues that drove students to take action through rent strikes last year have been resolved. In fact, with talk of lowering the threshold for tuition fee repayments and course cuts already underway, the situation for students looks likely to get worse. We will be at university freshers fairs, calling on students to join us, to get organised and fight back for free education.

Linked to all of this is our demand for socialist change, not climate change. Intrinsic to our demand for jobs for young people is the demand for a mass programme of socially useful and environmentally friendly job creation. We call for a democratically controlled, publicly owned education system that prepares young people for work within sustainable industries.

The capitalists are unprepared to invest in a future for young people, and unwilling to take the steps needed to solve climate change. That is why on the climate strikes on the 24 September and at COP26 in Glasgow in November, we will be calling on students and young people to join the fight for socialism now, in order to provide every young and working-class person with a decent future. If there ever was a strong case for a socialist transformation of society, it is now.

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In The Socialist 26 June 2015:


What we think

Workers' politics won't come from Labour


News

Working class under attack

NHS workers reject 3% insult

Energy market chaos makes the case for nationalisation

Tory cuts to Universal Credit: we need a union fightback

Interview: Bakers' union to vote on Labour disaffiliation

Tax fraud could be over 20 billion annually

Life expectancy falls - a condemnation of capitalism


Feature

Socialists and the four-day week


Occupy

10 years since Occupy


Workplace news

End the teaching workload crisis

MOJ pay deal accepted - we demand 10%

Workers at 13 colleges to strike over pay

New strike dates in EMR guards dispute

Stop press: Sparks walk out

Oaks Park strikers call eleven days' more action


International

German general election


Campaigns

Unemployment, low pay, rip-off uni fees, climate change... Join the fight for Socialism

Yorkshire Youth Fight for Jobs relaunched

W Sussex 'disability tax' - protest not going away

Fighting evictions in Cornwall

Leeds taxi drivers and disabled passengers unite to fight station changes

Socialist Students: Youth lit up when they saw us

York: Non-binary and trans rights protest


Readers' opinion

TV Review - Help: Heart-wrenching portrayal of Covid care home crisis

Gleision mine deaths: Still fighting for justice

Corbyn had a social care plan

Who pays for the climate crisis?

Famine in Madagascar


 

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Related links:

Students:

triangleMore market chaos: York students given digs in Hull

triangleYouth climate protests are back

triangleLots of sign-ups at freshers

triangleSunak's student special

triangleGerman general election

Climate change:

triangleSocialist Party Scotland: Socialist change to end climate change

triangleSave the planet from capitalist climate catastrophe

triangleCOP26: Trade unions must fight for a socialist transition to renewables

triangle'Stop climate change' demonstrations

Young people:

triangleMarching in Cardiff on Saturday 9 October, during a day of action called by Youth Fight For Jobs.

triangleYouth Fight for Jobs - why we're marching on 9 October

triangleJoin the fight for our future

Socialist:

triangleFighting the cuts at the ballot box in Liverpool

trianglePeople's Budgets - a socialist answer to cruel cuts

Youth:

triangleWest London Socialist Party: Youth demand a future

Youth Fight for Jobs:

triangleFighting for our future

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