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31-07-2012

Youth Fight for Jobs Cymru sets off on a week of action!

This week, Youth Fight for Jobs will be setting off on a week of action across south and westWales. We will be taking up issues that face young people today, issues such as: The Workfare scheme, The proposed slashing of housing benefit for under 25’s, the attacks on EMA (Which is barely still available in Wales but under threat), The hiking of university tuition fees and Unemployment. Through the week, as we visit different towns and cities, we hope to build Youth Fight for Jobs Cymru by finding young and keen people from all sections of society, from the unemployed, to students, to trade unionists and so on, who are ready to fight back against this lethal Con-Dem government and its rotten policies, and want to join us in our campaigning work. We are also using the week to introduce our new manifesto to south and westWales, called ‘A future for the 99%’. The manifesto takes up the issues mentioned above plus more, such as fighting the far right for example.

This week, Youth Fight for Jobs will be setting off on a week of action across south and westWales. We will be taking up issues that face young people today, issues such as: The Workfare scheme, The proposed slashing of housing benefit for under 25’s, the attacks on EMA (Which is barely still available in Wales but under threat), The hiking of university tuition fees and Unemployment. Through the week, as we visit different towns and cities, we hope to build Youth Fight for Jobs Cymru by finding young and keen people from all sections of society, from the unemployed, to students, to trade unionists and so on, who are ready to fight back against this lethal Con-Dem government and its rotten policies, and want to join us in our campaigning work. We are also using the week to introduce our new manifesto to south and westWales, called ‘A future for the 99%’. The manifesto takes up the issues mentioned above plus more, such as fighting the far right for example.

 

The final thing we aim to do during the week is to build for the ‘Cardiff Austerity Games’ which takes place on Saturday the 4th of August. Like the ‘Hackney Austerity Games’, the Cardiff games aim to highlight the contrast between the £24 billion being spent on the Olympics and our jobs, services and NHS are being cut to pieces. We ask, “Why should we front the bill whilst the bosses of big companies (some of which are involved in the Workfare Scheme) reap the benefits to the tune of millions via sponsorships and by other means? The day will start with a protest March from TK Maxx on the Hayes at 12 o’clock in Cardiff. We will then start the games outside Cardiff City Hall.

Emma Griffiths, Youth Fight for Jobs activist, reports on day one of the week of action, in Llanelli, West Wales.

“Youth Fight for Jobs Wales kicked off the week of action today (Monday the 30th of July) in Llanelli. We set up our stalls in the town centre where many young people go to shop and hang out during the day. We aimed to highlight the austerity facing the working class, particularly young people who will be some of the hardest hit by the Con-Dem’s programme of cut after cut.
We received a positive reception from the people of Llanelli. Everyone we spoke to gave huge support to our campaigning work and signed our petitions which covered a range of issues facing young people today. We also got great support for the ‘Cardiff Austerity Games’.

We met some young people that as well as agreeing with us, were very keen to get involved. One young woman was giving out leaflets for the company she was ‘working for’ on a slave-labour Workfare placement. She told us about her experience trying to get a decently paid job and how difficult it was. She suggested that we organise a march through Llanelli, opposing the workfare scheme! Which we think is a great idea! Another young person keen to get involved was a member of the Fire Brigades Union who has been involved in local anti-cuts campaigns and wanted to campaign for better working conditions, both things we support and want to get involved in.

This great response from Llanelli has given us a huge boost of momentum and we look forward to working with all the young people we met today that are willing to get involved. We also look forward to meeting more young people keen to fight back against austerity and refuse to be a lost generation, during the course of the week when we visit: Swansea tomorrow, Pontypridd on Wednesday, Cardiff on Thursday and Saturday and Newport on Friday.”

For more information on the week of action or on the ‘Cardiff Austerity Games’, contact Jaime on: 07506218523.
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