'Austerity Olympics' comes to Cardiff to highlight youth unemployment

23 July 2012

The Youth Fight for Jobs campaign, which is supported by PCS, is organising an 'Austerity Olympics' on Saturday 4th August to draw attention to the issues of youth unemployment, exploitation via workfare and government attacks on welfare rights. The Cardiff event will begin with a 12.00 noon march from outside TK Maxx in The Hayes to City Hall, where the 'Games' will commence.

Last summer, supporters of Youth Fight for Jobs marched the 25 miles from Merthyr to Cardiff to protest at Iain Duncan Smith’s outrageous claim that young unemployed people could find work if they were only prepared to get on a bus. Nationally, the campaign marked the 75th anniversary of the Jarrow March for Jobs by recreating the month-long journey from the North-East to London, to demand decent jobs, education and training for young people.

The Cardiff ‘Austerity Olympics’ will follow a week of action across Wales, starting on Monday 30th July in Llanelli, moving through Swansea, Cardiff, Pontypridd and Newport. Activists will be demonstrating outside the high street premises of corporations involved in workfare, urging young people to get involved in the movement to fight against cuts and for a decent society. The campaign will be seeking support for its ‘Manifesto for the 99%,’ which will be launched later this month.

Jaime Davies, of Youth Fight for Jobs Wales, says:
‘More and more young people are being thrown on the scrapheap – over a million are unemployed, we’re targeted by the workfare vultures and Cameron plans to take housing benefit from 800,000 of us. It’s not just events like the Olympics that are out of our reach: the government says there’s no money for youth and leisure services either – although there are billions available whenever the banks need a handout. Meanwhile, councils like Cardiff are proposing to charge youth sports teams to use outdoor playing pitches. So we’ve taken matters into our own hands. We’re angry, but we want to steer young people away from the dead end of rioting and, instead, mobilise Britain’s youth to fight back in a productive way.’

The Austerity Olympics will include fun events that will aim to make a serious point – for example:

  • ‘Political Football’, with greedy bankers moving the goalposts
  • ‘Class Tug of War’, between working-class people and the super-rich, with rightwing newspaper agents tripping up our side,
  • ‘and a ‘Race Back to the Workhouse’, with contestants running backwards through time (putting on the costumes to match).

Youth Fight for Jobs is asking for help from PCS branches and other trade union bodies:

  • to publicise the event – by passing on information and highlighting the campaign at forthcoming meetings;
  • to pay for leaflets, posters and other materials – any cheques should be made out to ‘Youth Fight for Jobs’ and sent to 48 Shamrock Road, Pentrebane, Cardiff CF5 3TW;
  • to march with the campaign and participate in the event - any union banners would be particularly welcome. There are also weekly organising meetings in Cardiff, every Tuesday from 7.00 pm, upstairs in the Owain Glyndwr on St John’s Street.

For more information, please email youthfightforjobscymru@gmail.com or ring Jaime on 07506 218523.

Return to News listing

Tab Bottom

  1. Directory
  2. Contact Us