Since early 2009 Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) has been campaigning for decent jobs and free education for all who want it. Paul Callanan YFJ steering committee explains why you should come to its second national conference.
The campaign was set up against the background of the recession and the greatest attack on the rights and living standards of young people for generations.
We still have a situation where 1 in 5 young people are not in education, training or employment. We’ve just seen the A-level results day fiasco where around 200,000 qualified college leavers couldn’t get a place at university because of swingeing cuts made to budgets by the last Labour government and the new ConDem government.
Students also have the threat of a fee hike to up to £7000 a year, pricing many working class students out of education.
We’ll also see further attacks on our jobs and services with 40% worth of cuts to most services being talked about. This will have a huge impact not only for people employed in the public sector but also those in the private sector, as it’ll give the green light to employers to start shedding jobs.
This will have the effect of creating a lost generation of young people with no jobs or prospects. Since April 2009 YFJ has organised two national demonstrations and many regional and local across the country. PCS alongside other unions has played a crucial role in organising and mobilising young trade unionists for these actions.
On the December 4th the campaign will be holding its national conference. YFJ already has the support of six trade unions. The conference will play an important part in bringing young trade unionists, student activists and the unemployed together to build a united struggle against this millionaire government.
It’s important that members in affiliated organisations come and take part in the discussion and play a role in deciding how we take the campaign forward. We would welcome as many PCS members as possible to get along to the conference and have your say.
The conference will take place in the Christopher Ingold Auditorium at University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT from 10:30AM to 4:30PM (TBC).
Tickets will cost £3 waged £5 and £10 per trade union branch delegate. See the Youth fight for jobs website for more information.