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Posted on 31 May 2010 at 17:16 GMT

Unite and UCU add their support to Youth Fight for Jobs

Both UCU, the union for academic staff in universities and colleges, and Unite, Britain's biggest trade union whose British Airways members are currently on strike, unanimously agreed to back the Youth Fight for Jobs campaign at their annual conferences.

Young people hoping to go to university in September are in for a nasty surprise, as tens of thousands excluded from university because of cuts in places made by New Labour and continued by the Con-Dem coalition.

Thousands of departments, courses, resources and jobs across the country are under threat, and the Higher Education Funding review will undoubtedly call for higher fees.

Youth Fight for Jobs will aim to use the links with UCU, and Unite who also have members in the education sector, to build vibrant campaigns against attacks on our generations' future.

Unite also commended Youth Fight for Jobs for its march through Barking, pointing out that the racist BNP will do nothing to solve the problems of unemployment and a lack of social services, instead undermining our struggle.

The struggle of Unite members who work for British Airways are providing an example of the determination and fighting spirit that will be needed time and time again for the struggles that are coming, and a struggle that Youth Fight for Jobs fully backs.

Youth Fight for Jobs are organising an open steering committee this coming Saturday in central London, get in contact if you would be interested in coming along. 020 8558 7947

Unite passed this composite motion:

Composite 7 (including Motions 40 & 41)
2. The Economy
(xii) Youth Fight for Jobs

This Conference notes the high leveis of youth unemployment in the present recession with over 1 million unemployed young people aged 16-24.

There is a real danger that this generation could become a lost generation with poor access to skills and training or even a recruiting ground for far right and anti-trade union parties and groups.

This Conference commends the 'Youth Fight for Jobs' campaign for seeking to organise amongst youth on a socialist and trade union platform including by organising a march through Barking, East London, on the slogan 'Jobs and Homes, Not Racism.'

This Conference therefore calls for Unite branches, Area Activist Committees, Regional Industrial Sector Committees and Regional Committees to support Youth Fight for Jobs where they can and support their work of steering working class youth towards a positive campaign for a better future.

This conference supports the aims and objectives of Youth Fight for Jobs, which are:

This conference notes that:

This conference believes

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