Socialist Worker

Take the battle for jobs to Labour

by Tom Walker
Issue No. 2161

Thousands of students, pensioners, campaigners, unemployed people and others will join the march on the Labour Party conference in Brighton on Sunday 27 September.

More than two million people are unemployed in Britain – and the number is rising quickly. Almost a million unemployed people are under 25.

Dave, who left university in London this year, told Socialist Worker, “I’ve been unemployed since I graduated. I’ve not even had any temporary jobs.

“There’s nothing out there any more. Everyone who’s still taking people on wants years of experience that I don’t have.

“I’ve got credit card debts and overdrafts from my time at university. I don’t know how I’m going to pay them off.

“The government should employ more people to create jobs.

“I’ll be protesting for jobs in Brighton on 27 September.”

Sam is a member of the PCS civil service workers’ union and works at a London Job centre. She said, “The centre is busy and getting busier all the time.

“We’ve got a lot of shit jobs at the moment. There’s this thing called ‘work trials’. Employers take on workers for up to three weeks unpaid while the Job centre pays for travel, lunch and dole.

“A lot of people who are coming in at the moment have never signed on before. Some are young graduates, but there are also a lot of people who have been made jobless for the first time in their working lives.”

Rose is a pensioner in Hampshire. She said, “Labour’s done nothing for people like me. I live on just the state pension and everything’s got more expensive in the last few years – food, heating, all of it.

“I’ve voted for them all my life. Now I don’t know what to do. But I think protesting at the conference is a good start.”

Tickets on the ‘Big Red Train’ from London to the march are available for £20 waged (£10 concs). Go to » www.righttowork.org.uk


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