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Wales takes action to defend young people
"I completely agree - these bankers getting bonuses, while they say EMA is unaffordable." These were the words of an enthusiastic student who met Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) campaigners in Swansea on Saturday 15 October.
In the week that saw youth unemployment hit 991,000, the highest level since records began, YFJ supporters in Swansea campaigned at a local FE college. This was followed up by campaigning as part of an all-Wales day of action in the city centre.
15 YFJ members, supported by two Remploy workers, leafleted and petitioned in the city centre, collecting about 150 signatures.
The mood was very sympathetic. One student told us about how she is only paid £3.60 an hour because she is under 18, which shows why YFJ's demand for a living minimum wage with no youth exemptions is so important.
As a result of the action we have potential new YFJ members and several more were keen to join the Jarrow March for Jobs. We also did an interview with the South Wales Evening Post, who printed an excellent report with photos.
Students from across Wales gathered at the steps of the Senedd on Saturday 22 October in protest against cutbacks to the Welsh higher and further education systems.
Edmund Schluessel, who convened the event, said: "It's wrong that the Wales Assembly is cutting the NHS Wales budget. It's just as wrong the Assembly is cutting back on investing in Wales' future by cutting back education.
"If the Welsh government is serious about fighting for the interests of the people it says it represents, it should set a needs budget based on the cost of the public services that working and unemployed Welsh people depend on to get by in life, and hand the bill to Westminster.
"George Osborne can afford it - he just found £75 billion for the banks, after all."
The students met at Cardiff University to discuss a new, united front against education cutbacks with support from universities and colleges across Wales.
Contact: Edmund Schluessel, 07947 214169 and Ross Saunders, 07766 460366
In The Socialist 26 October 2011:
Events on 5 + 6 November
Socialist Party youth and students
Socialist Party workplace news
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Socialist Party news and analysis
International socialist news and analysis
Socialist Party feature