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PRESS RELEASE: Unemployme?nt up, university applicatio?ns down, Youth Fight for Jobs calls for summer of protest

Surveys predict that unemployment is set to soar to 3million whilst University application fall 8.9%

 Youth Fight for Jobs and Education calls for a summer of protest against the decimated future young people face.

Paul Callanan, Youth Fight for Jobs and Education, National Organiser said “Today’s figures were depressing, yet inevitable. While the shining new Olympic village and the games themselves give the appearance of a country on the up, scratch the surface and the truth is very different. Young people are being priced out of education and unemployment that is heading towards levels last seen in the early 80’s. We face the very real danger of becoming a lost generation.

Youth Fight for Jobs and Education is calling an alternative Olympics to put forward an alternative vision. We say that the government should be investing in jobs, homes and services for young people. They should take the money from the banks and big businesses that caused this crisis in the first place.  We say that now is the time to fight for our futures. The Austerity Games will take place on Monday 23rd July at 2pm on Hackney Marshes with teams of young people entering from across the country to compete in events like the Race to the Bottom, Job Jump, Property High Jump,Deficit Discus, Hardship Hurdles and more.”


Youth Fight for Jobs was launched on 2009 in response to rising levels of youth unemployment. We have recently completed the 330 mile Jarrow March for Jobs backed by the Unite, PCS, RMT, CWU,UCU, FBU, Bectu and TSSA trade unions.

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