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From The Socialist newspaper, 11 August 2021

West Midlands: austerity and capitalism offers no future for young people

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James Leach, Birmingham South West Socialist Party

After a decade of Tory austerity and a global pandemic threatening millions of jobs, young people are more vulnerable than ever.

In Birmingham young people have been hit hard by Covid-austerity and the anarchy of the capitalist economy.

In June 2020, unemployment had risen 14.5% - a spike higher than any other English city.

Whether we pursue apprenticeships, and face the insult of 4.30 an hour wage, or choose university, where we can rack up masses of debt, before entering a job market dominated by the instability of zero-hour contracts - it feels as if there is no way forward.

Rich landlords are profiting off charging extortionate rents for small, dilapidated living spaces. There is a capitalist ceiling hanging low over our futures, and it will take a determined socialist programme to smash it.

The Youth Fight for Jobs campaign has the programme to secure youth a brighter future. In towns and cities, we are organising youth marches for 9 October.

The Socialist Party, Young Socialists, Socialist Students and Youth Fight for Jobs, will be organising a march in Birmingham on 9 October, campaigning to stop the billionaire class robbing the future from working class youth.

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triangleBirmingham Socialist Party: How can we fight to end violence against women and sexism?

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