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Posted on 4 September 2012 at 15:43 GMT

YFJE hits back at Boris Johnson and DWP workfare scheme

Paul Callanan, YFJE (Youth Fight for Jobs and Education) national organiser said:

"Having faced the wrath of young people over the work experience scheme, the government and the bosses are coming back for another crack at the whip.

The claim that the scheme fits with Johnsons' pledge to create 2,000 jobs is ridiculous. This scheme will not create a single job. 6,000 school or college leavers will be forced to work for voluntary organisations and charities for three months or face not being able to claim benefits.

Bear in mind also that a lot of these organisations are running outsourced public services. These jobs should be well paid public sector jobs.

We will protest outside the DWP on Monday at 12 noon to call for the scrapping of all slave labour schemes. YFJE will continue our efforts to build a mass campaign against slave labour schemes.

We want to see a united movement of the unemployed, young people and trade unionists to beat back austerity and build a future for young people."

Protest to be held on Monday 10th September at DWP, 12 noon, Caxton House, Westminster, City of Westminster, London SW1H

Youth Fight for Jobs was launched on 2009 in response to rising levels of youth unemployment. It has recently staged the Austerity Games against the corporatisation of the Olympic Games and calling for them to be used to provide real jobs for youth. It is backed by the Unite, PCS, RMT, CWU, UCU, FBU, Bectu and TSSA trade unions.

For more info see www.youthfightforjobs.com, email youthfightforjobs@gmail.com or call 020 8558 7947 or 07713 355616

Website www.youthfightforjobs.com

On Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Youth-Fight-for-Jobs/293131194070357

On Twitter www.twitter.com/youthfight4jobs

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