Young Socialists press release – 15/10/20
On Sunday 25 October, student and young worker activists will be coming together from across the country in a rally hosted by the Young Socialists and Socialist Students to discuss the fight against the mounting youth unemployment crisis, which has reached 13.1% between June and August it has been announced.
Alex Hutchinson, youth officer of the Hull and District Trades Council and Young Socialists organiser said “We in the Young Socialists warned about the bosses and their Tory government making young people pay the price for the new economic crisis.”
“The Tories’ Kickstart Scheme, supposedly designed to give young workers help with finding work in reality is there to give big business a source of cheap labour. Just like after the last financial crash, they’re selling our futures down the river. We in the Young Socialists have been campaigning for trade union action to fight for a decent future for young people – for real apprenticeship and training schemes for young people and for a mass programme of government investment in socially useful job creation. We demand the right to work and we’re going to fight for it.”
The new figures on rising youth unemployment come at a time when there is increased anger amongst students and staff on the campuses following the Tories’ unsafe and rushed return to university for the new academic year.
Michelle Francis, a Socialist Students organiser at Bangor University, said “The approaching avalanche of job losses is going to be felt by students on the campuses, many of whom rely on part time work to supplement the pathetic student loans we receive. This all comes on top of the fiasco of the rushed return to campus by the university bosses and the Tories which has highlighted the years of cuts and underfunding of our education system, which is jeopardising the health of students and staff alike. Socialist Students has been out across the country campaigning for the scrapping of tuition fees and for the establishing of democratic staff and student oversight of health and safety measures on campus.”
Both Michelle and Alex will be featured speakers at the rally on 25 October. For further comment from either of them, or for more information about the national zoom rally, contact 07747 174 833 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.