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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 February 2011
Volunteering 'plaster' for unemployment
On 7 February the government approved plans for charities including the Prince's Trust to set up stalls in Jobcentre Plus offices across the country.
What a fantastic alternative the government is offering whilst they raise university fees, scrap EMA and preside over youth unemployment of nearly one million!
Volunteering can be a good way for people to gain personal fulfilment, experience in a particular field or to do something productive with spare time or a gap year.
However it is no alternative to paid employment.
Young people will be expected to survive on the poverty living that benefits provide whilst doing work that could be used to undercut wages in existing public sector workforces.
Whilst the government freezes recruitment across much of the public sector and slashes wages and jobs their answer is to put a plaster over the 20% rate of youth unemployment, the highest figure since records began in 1992.
If the government was serious about tackling unemployment it would put money and resources into mass employment and apprenticeship programmes that offer young people decent wages, decent conditions and a chance to contribute to society in a meaningful way.
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In The Socialist 9 February 2011:
International socialist news and analysis
Egypt in revolt
Socialist Party NHS campaign
Defend the NHS!: Fight the Con-Dem cuts
The madness of King George cuts
Scottish Anti-Cuts Alliance established
Stop attacks on disabled claimants
Liverpool: Jobs axe must be fought
No to the racist EDL! Unite to fight the cuts
Hands off our forests!
Protesting against all of the cuts
Socialist Party news and analysis
Tommy Sheridan jailing: Political vendetta ends in draconian sentence
John Macreadie memorial
TV Review: Posh and Posher Why Public School Boys Run Britain
Socialist Party feature
'Struggle or starve!' 1932 - when Birkenhead workers beat the means test
Socialist Party youth and students
Young people march for a future
Tories have no solutions to youth crime
Police attack 'save EMA' protest in Leeds
Socialist Party workplace news
Justice for Unison Four
Unison self-destructs at TSA but unionism stronger than ever
Building action against cuts
Defending jobs at Leeds council
Ford challenged in legal bid: Pay the Visteon pensioners now!
Arriva Trains Wales - strike called off
Defend democracy in the CWU
Keep the post public demo
Discussing an electoral challenge to service cutters
Socialist Party Marxist analysis
'In reality, Britain is facing a savage economic ice age'
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