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From The Socialist newspaper, 5 August 2020
Young Socialist day of action - We won't mortgage our future
Young Socialists Against Racism, photo Socialist Party (Click to enlarge)
The Tories want to make young people pay for the capitalist crisis. Young Socialists in London, however, made it clear that we are prepared to fight for our future.
In July, Young Socialists organised mega campaign stalls in Finsbury Park, in north London, and Peckham and Vauxhall, in south London, to build a campaign around the youth charter produced by young members of the Socialist Party (see socialistparty.org.uk).
Speaking on the megaphone, we said that we won't mortgage our future for the capitalist crisis. We stressed the importance of young people getting organised and joining and becoming active in a trade union.
We raised our demands - £15-an-hour minimum wage with no exemptions, a mass programme of council house building and real investment in creating socially useful jobs.
These stalls were organised by new, young members of the Socialist Party. Groups of young people enthusiastically signed up to get involved.
Young Socialists is a fighting organisation aiming to bring together young workers and students. We will hold a day of action on A-level results day, 13 August, plus more events in London on 22 August (see back page).
Berkay Kartav, South West London Socialist Party
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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In The Socialist 5 August 2020:
NHS pay: 15% for all now
From first wave to second? Capitalism's Covid failures
Capitalism's 'vaccine war' shows need for socialist cooperation
Tories' obesity plans - blaming individuals not the profit system
What we think
Labour payouts: unions must discuss political representation
Wales: GE Aviation workers march to save jobs
PCS union: Reject longer DWP opening hours
'First you clap us then you slap us': hundreds march for NHS pay rise
Sick pay victory at Homerton hospital!
Unite union branch pledges to support socialist candidates who oppose cuts
Oppose BT site closures - national strike ballot needed
Workplace news in brief
No going back
What would socialist universities look like?
Cuba: Covid-19 and the 60-year-old embargo
Anniversary of nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
80 years since the murder of Leon Trotsky rally
A-level results day 2020: Fight for our future!
Fighting to end racism and capitalism
North London: Socialist Party speaks at BLM protest
Young Socialist day of action
Doncaster: Vigil for murdered women
Engage for Change Hull - trade union youth festival goes online
Campaign stalls on jobs, pay, NHS and racism
Why I joined - Covid changed my outlook
Socialist Party meetings: Online and in-person
The Socialist summer schedule
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