Fight back for a socialist future

“Engaging in struggle is no longer a choice – it is fast becoming a necessity”

Callum Joyce, Young Socialists and CWU member

The future on offer to young people is dire. It includes unemployment, low-paid, unstable work and being saddled with thousands of pounds of student debt that will take decades to pay off.

Rents are increasing to satisfy the greed of landlords, and the idea of owning your own home is a far-off dream.

None of this will be news to those entering the world of work for the first time. As the cost-of-living crisis worsens, the prospects for young workers get worse too.

But there is a way out of the crisis. One that doesn’t leave us worrying where the next meal will come from. Young people need to get organised, join the trade union movement and help lead the struggle against the bosses and capitalist politicians who support them.

The recent RMT strikes have shown the potential power of working-class people when they act together. The spirit of these strikes must be carried all over the country, and throughout all industries, if young people are going to have a shot at winning back our futures.

Engaging in struggle is no longer a choice – it is fast becoming a necessity. Now more than ever, it is vital that the trade union leaders set a fighting example, to inspire the new generation of workers with the confidence that when we fight, we can win.

At the same time, young workers are taking up the fight in our own workplaces and communities, fighting for pay rises, rent controls and public services.

But trade union struggle on its own is not enough. We need a mass political force that actually supports picket lines, stands up for workers, and demands a minimum wage of £15 an hour and an end to zero-hour contracts.

But to end the system of economic exploitation that forces workers into struggle in the first place, a new workers’ party needs to also fight for socialism – a system where the productive forces are publicly owned, under democratic working-class control, and used to provide for the needs of all.

We say to all workers and young people: join the fightback, get organised in a trade union, and join the Young Socialists!

If you are interested in discussing the growing strike wave, or want to visit your local picket lines with other young socialists, get in touch. Let’s discuss together how young people can organise to fight back against the cost of living crisis, and for a socialist transformation of society!

Support the Summer Strikes!

RMT national rail strike picket at Kings Cross Station

Against the rising tide of bills and inflation, workers are fighting back in a strike wave that has now engulfed the entire country.

Railway workers in the RMT union have ramped up the fight-back against the attacks on living standards by the bosses. In its first round of national strike action, the RMT brought the country to a standstill and showed who really runs society: the working class, not the CEOs and bosses who are making millions.

Workers in other unions are now looking to follow suit. Royal mail and BT workers, teachers, health workers and many others are looking towards national strike action as the means to win pay and conditions that can counteract this catastrophic cost-of-living crisis. Just imagine the power these strikes would have if the unions began to coordinate their ballots and all went on strike together.

The strength of the RMT strikes has been reflected in the attacks coming from the Tories, who plan to reinforce anti-trade union legislation by allowing employers to hire agency staff to temporarily replace striking workers. Meanwhile, the right-wing media represents the interests of the capitalist class, who want to minimise strikes – and the concessions to the working class won through them – in order to protect their profits.

Yet despite the media and political onslaught, surveys show that a clear majority of the public have supported RMT strike action. For young people, the soaring cost of living has left us with little hope for a comfortable life now, let alone in the future. No wonder 70% of 18 to 34 year-olds support these strikes! And in the first week of RMT strike action, google searches for ‘join a union’ almost tripled, while traffic to the TUC ‘Join a Union’ website went up by 7 times.

Young Socialists stands in full solidarity with the current strike wave. By going on strike and withdrawing their labour, workers can hit the bosses where it hurts most – in their profits – and pile huge pressure on this weak and divided Tory government to end a cost of living crisis that afflicts all of us.

But where has Keir Starmer’s Labour Party been? Earlier this year, Labour shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves refused five times to say whether she would support strikes on pay. Fellow frontbencher Wes Streeting apologised for appearing to back RMT strike action, while Keir Starmer later told all his frontbenchers not to attend RMT picket lines. And just yesterday, shadow foreign secretary David Lammy proclaimed on live TV: “a serious party of Government does not join picket lines.”

We need a new workers’ party that stands up for working class and young people. This would give us a political voice that could support workers’ struggles, and bring together everyone striking and fighting back against capitalist crisis.

If you are interested in discussing the growing strike wave, or want to visit your local picket lines with other young socialists, get in touch. Let’s discuss together how young people can organise to fight back against the cost of living crisis, and for a socialist transformation of society!

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