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From The Socialist newspaper, 7 October 2009

Youth Fight for Jobs

Newsflash!

Youth Fight For Jobs march 2 April 2009, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight For Jobs march 2 April 2009, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

On 1 October a number of Future Jobs Fund placements began. These temporary schemes are designed to artificially push down the number of long term unemployed youth (see previous articles). Young people can be told to work wherever employers want, including in workplaces where the workers are on strike, or where they're making cuts to permanent jobs.

Also on 1 October, the minimum wage went up by 4p an hour for 16 and 17 year olds, 6p for 18-21 year olds and 7p for those over 21. These tiny increases are insulting. Yet the minimum wage is the rate that many young workers, and many on the Future Jobs Fund-backed schemes, will be forced to live on. YFJ calls for a wage that you can live on with no youth exemptions.

It's not the same for everyone involved in this scheme however. Blackpool council is advertising for a permanent post of 'Future Jobs Fund administrator' on up to 32,000 a year. Will the wages of those on the schemes or the other council workers be topped up to a similar level?

Not everyone has to fight for jobs! Adam Applegarth, former failed Northern Rock chief executive, received a 760,000 payoff when he left Northern Rock. Not for him the dole queue. He has just landed a job as an adviser at Apollo, a private equity company, continuing to gamble on the stock market for a living.

HBOS and RBS banks got 37 billion in government bailouts - enough to abolish university fees for three years. Pity the thousands of people employed by Alliance Boots, where Adam Hornby, former HBOS chief executive, is now in charge. Never mind doing up your CV, RBS disaster overseer-in-chief Sir Fred 'the shred' Goodwin has enough spare cash to hire a PR expert! The bankers and the rich get rewarded for failure while young people get punished for a crisis not of their making.

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Saturday 28 November, London


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