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The Socialist 15 September 2021

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

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Youth Fight for Jobs launches campaign in Brighton

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Rob Somerton-Jones, Brighton Socialist Party

11 September marked the beginning of Brighton's role in the national Youth Fight for Jobs campaign. Ten members of the Socialist Party took part following our successful first in-person meeting the previous Tuesday - a hugely productive and energising experience!

Setting up at 11.30 at the main shopping centre in Churchill Square, we flyered with specific Youth Fight for Jobs leaflets, and asked people to sign petitions about low pay and casualised work. Nick, a Socialist Party organiser, spoke on the megaphone, explaining our purpose - a fight for a living wage of £15 an hour, secure contracts and decent working conditions.

At first, the response was muted, only a few stopped to chat and sign petitions. But as the morning turned into afternoon, the young people we wanted to reach began to appear and their interest in the stall was evident. Many took our flyers, stopped to chat and sign petitions.

A carpenter and his partner were new parents, and bemoaned the fact that his work took him away from home for days at a time. His self-employed partner is not allowed to claim maternity pay, a measly £90 per week for self-employed people, and do work in her business simultaneously without facing losing her maternity pay. So she must choose between the stress of raising a child and letting her business rot, an unenviable position for both of them.

Later we went 'guerrilla leafletting' staff in big chains with poor reputations for treating their staff like animals. In these shops we found people willing and interested in taking our flyers, while one of us distracted the manager by posing as a customer.

The day was a great launch, the Socialist Party raised over £60 in donations to the fighting fund, the most we have raised on any day yet this year. We have been seeking support for the campaign from local trade union branches and the trades council. But although important, it is not a prerequisite for our members to get stuck in and take effective action to further this vital campaign!


In this issue


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?


News

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


NHS

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


Campaigns

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


Review

Nuclear Folly: A New History of the Cuban Missile Crisis

TV review - Grenfell: The Untold Story


 

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