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13 June 2012

'Austerity Games' to highlight young people's plight

Young people and trade unionists from across the country will be sending teams to Hackney Marshes to compete in the 'Austerity Games' in the week before the Olympics

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6 June 2012

YFJ condemns use of slave labour during Jubilee weekend

30 unpaid workers and another 50 on just £2.80 an hour were forced to work 14-hour shifts in illegal conditions on the day of the Jubilee Thames flotilla

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15 March 2012

Young, socialist and proud to be!

The stage was literally stormed when the chair invited contributions to the discussion on youth and student work. This reflected the enthusiasm for both the congress and the campaigning, writes Sarah Wrack.

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Youth Fight for Jobs protest against Workfare in Stratford's Westfield shopping centre in London 25 February 2012, photo Senan

7 March 2012


"Give us jobs NOT slave labour": On 3 March, Youth Fight for Jobs organised and took part in anti-workfare demos up and down the country

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Protesting against slave labour schemes outside Tesco in Leytonstone, London, Feb 2012, photo by Suzanne Beishon

1 March 2012

Compulsion in 'work experience' scheme dropped

In another nail in the coffin of workfare, the government has dropped threats to stop benefits if people pull out part way through their 'work experience'

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1 March 2012

Youth Fight for Jobs says escalate protests for the scrapping of 'workfare' and the creation of decent jobs!

Following retreats by the government on its flagship ‘work experience’ schemes, YFJ has called a 'day of action' on Budget Day and is calling for trade unions and anti-workfare campaigns to jointly discuss organising a mass demo against slave labour in the summer

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Protesting against workfare in Leeds, February 2012, photo Iain Dalton

29 February 2012

McWorkfare - "Let's campaign until it's stopped completely"

On Monday protesters were at McDonald's in Sheffield to voice disgust at the Con-Dems' forced labour schemes. Also read on for reports from Leeds, Birmingham and Wakefield

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28 February 2012

YFJ expresses solidarity with Occupy London

In the early hours of Tuesday 28 February riot police brutally evicted the peaceful Occupy London protesters from their camp outside St Paul's Cathedral, which was set up on 15 October last year...

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27 February 2012

Fighting workfare - YFJ to target McDonalds

Paul Callanan, national organiser of Youth Fight for Jobs said: "After the success of the demonstration at Westfield shopping centre in East London on Saturday we are now going to step up the action...

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7 December 2011

Reading the riots

A Guardian/London School of Economics study has shown that Britain's summer 'riots' were fuelled by anger at injustice, the lack of money, jobs and opportunity, and how young people "felt they were treated compared with others", writes Suzanne Beishon, Youth Fight for Jobs.

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Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow March 2011 launch demonstration in Jarrow, photo Paul Mattsson

Youth Fight for Jobs Jarrow March 2011 launch demonstration in Jarrow, photo Paul Mattsson

30 November 2011

Jarrow March for Jobs 2011

Preparing the ground for a mass movement of young people: On 1 October a group of young people from every corner of the country - mostly strangers to each other - gathered in Jarrow, just south east of Newcastle, writes Sean Figg, Jarrow marcher.

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26 October 2011

Wales takes action to defend young people

"I completely agree - these bankers getting bonuses, while they say EMA is unaffordable." These were the words of an enthusiastic student who met Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) campaigners in Swansea on Saturday 15 October, writes Ben Golightly.

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Anti-capitalist protest outside St Pauls in London following the Wall Street protests - We are the 99%, photo Paul Mattsson

Anti-capitalist protest outside St Pauls in London following the Wall Street protests - We are the 99%, photo Paul Mattsson

26 October 2011

Building the fightback and building solidarity at Occupy LSX

Occupy London Stock Exchange (Occupy LSX) completed its first full week on Saturday. With rumours of impending eviction from St Paul's courtyard flying about a large crowd turned out to support the occupation...

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Matt Whale on the Jarrow March 2011, building support everywhere it goes, photo Paul Mattsson

12 October 2011

Interview with a Jarrow marcher

Matt Whale, unemployed organiser for Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) spoke to the Socialist about the Jarrow march as it passes through Yorkshire. See for regular updates on the marchers' progress

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12 October 2011

Low pay, no way!

The most recent increase in the minimum wage was pitiful in the face of the rocketing cost of living...

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Marching for a Future

4 October 2011

Marching for a future!

On 1 October, Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) activists started a 330 mile march from Jarrow to London. See for daily reports. There follows a filmed interview on 1st October with the YFJ national organiser, and an article by the YFJ national chair that was carried in the Socialist before the march set off

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2 September 2011

'Oppose physical force in schools' say YFJ and YFE

"This is apparently in response to the riots; but how will introducing the threat of violence into the classroom cut across the root causes of the riots?..."

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We won't be a lost generation

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31 August 2011

We won't be a lost generation - fight for jobs and education

March for jobs: "Jobless figures show the real risk of creating a lost generation," read a headline in the Evening Standard on 17 August

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18 August 2011

Lewisham Socialist Party and YFJ: London youth erupt - Fight for jobs and services

For more info or to contact Lewisham Socialist Party call Ian Page on 07970 074230 or James Kerr 07825 836477 (, writes Thursday 18th August 2011.

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YFJ  and Day-Mer meeting, Tottenham, 16.8.11, Martin Powell Davies

18 August 2011

'Youth Fight for Jobs' organises in Tottenham

A week on from the riots, 90 people attended an excellent meeting organised by YFJ and Day-Mer Youth in Tottenham to discuss the way forward for the community and local youth

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