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1.16 million NEETs - Youth Fight for Jobs demands a better future

NEETS rise whilst tax avoider Phillip Greene slashes jobs

Official figures today show that a record high of 1.16 million 16- to 24-year-olds in England are not in education, employment or training, almost one in five.

Paul Callanan, Youth Fight for Jobs national organiser said: "Coming after last week's youth unemployment statistics this is yet another depressing set of figures.

"Young people are being attacked from all quarters in order to pay for a crisis we didn't cause. This is demonstrated by Phillip Greene in comments he made on the Today programme on Radio 4.

"In spite of the fact that his Arcadia Retail Group is still projected to rake in profits of 140-150 million a year, the group still plans to close around 250 stores putting possibly thousands out of work on the high street.

"It all highlights the need to make November 30th a day of action against the government and bosses. Youth Fight for Jobs is mobilising young people to join public sector workers at picket lines and on protests.

"We need to build a movement that demands decent jobs on decent rates of pay. We need a programme of socially useful public works that can provide jobs, training schemes and apprenticeships. If a company is failing then it should be nationalised to protect jobs".