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From The Socialist newspaper, 20 May 2015

Tory war on youth

■ Protest at re-opening of parliament on 27 May

photo Paul Mattsson

photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Ian Pattison, Youth Fight for Jobs

Shock and disgust at the election of a Tory government has quickly turned into anger and action.

Thousands of mainly young people have already taken to the streets against a government with no mandate for austerity. Only 24% of the electorate voted Conservative, with 16 and 17-year-olds denied the right to vote.

At the moment the Tories are riding high on their surprise win. This will make them overshoot themselves, trying to force through austerity measures that have no support.

They have already announced devastating plans. At least another 30 billion in cuts - including slashing 12 billion from welfare.

Young people

Part of this will be a war on young people. Unemployed 18 to 21-year-olds will be refused benefits if they don't sign up to a 'work for your dole' scheme. Either they start a poverty-pay apprenticeship, or do 30 hours a week unpaid 'community work' plus ten hours' job search.

Housing benefit will be removed from all under-21s. Overnight, thousands more could be turfed out onto the streets.

Youth Fight for Jobs is calling protests across the country on Wednesday 27 May, when the Tories announce these plans in the Queen's speech at the re-opening of parliament.

Living standards are lower today than five years ago - for the first time since records began. Exploitative zero-hour contracts and poverty pay are now the norm for many young people. Tuition fees have tripled to 9,000 and decent housing costs a small fortune.

Austerity isn't all bad, of course. The wealth of Britain's thousand richest individuals has doubled - to 547 billion since the start of the economic crisis.

This government can be beaten. Thatcher was brought down by a mass movement against the hated and unfair poll tax. 18 million refused to pay what was in reality a fine for being poor.

Cameron and his friends were terrified when hundreds of thousands of students marched and occupied for free education. They were shaken by the two million public sector workers striking in 2011.

Firefighters, bus drivers and railway staff have all been on strike this year, with many others. Thousands marching in civil disobedience on the streets - linked with workers taking strike action - can stop austerity.

The Socialist Party demands

Protest against the Queen's speech

Wednesday 27 May

London: 4.30pm at Downing Street

Protests happening in towns and cities up and down the country - check out youthfightforjobs.com to find one near you!

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Ukip provocateur unmasked

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ITV production staff

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Management thrashed in academies debate

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Save our 'life saver' libraries!

Tories rig exams to favour rich students


 

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