Youth recreate Jarrow March for Jobs on 75th anniversary
“No return to the 1930s!”
This October will mark the 75th anniversary of the Jarrow March against unemployment. Recent figures have shown that the issue of unemployment still exists especially amongst youths. At present there are 965,000 16-24 year olds who are unemployed.
Youth Fight for Jobs will bring the issue right to the fore by holding a march from Jarrow to London, starting on 1 October and ending on 5 November. We will be holding the protest to demand decent jobs and a free education for young people.
Youth Fight for Jobs National Organiser Paul Callanan says: “Young people now face the worst attacks on our rights and living standards we’ve seen in generations. The government is determined to push through cuts that will limit opportunities for youth even further. They also want to see unemployed youth used as slave labour for big business by putting people on work for dole schemes. With the brutal attacks being made on the right to an education as well, we really feel that every avenue is being closed off for people who want a decent future.
“We will be marching from Jarrow to London in October to show this Con-Dem government that we will not see all the gains made by working class people over the last century blotted out of existence. We want to put the issue of youth unemployment right at the top of the agenda. As well as the march we will be building protests, demonstrations and rallies up and down the country in solidarity with the march, with the aim of linking up student activists, trade unionists, those fighting against the cuts and the unemployed.
“This is the time for young people to say; “we won’t be a lost generation! Fight for jobs and education!”
From the BBC:
Youth jobs group plans to recreate Jarrow March
The 75th anniversary of the Jarrow March is to be marked by a similar protest highlighting youth unemployment, activists have announced.
Youth Fight for Jobs plans to march from Jarrow in South Tyneside to London starting on 1 October.
The trade union-backed organisation wants action to help the near one million 16 to 24-year-olds out of work.
In 1936, 200 jobless men marched on the government with a 12,000-name petition calling for help.
Youth Fight for Jobs National organiser Paul Callanan said: “Young people now face the worst attacks on our rights and living standards we’ve seen in generations.
“We will be marching from Jarrow to London in October to show this government that we will not see all the gains made by working-class people over the last century blotted out of existence.”
Unemployment figures released last week by the Office for National Statistics showed an increase of 44,000 to almost 2.5 million in the three months to the end of December.
The unemployment rate is now 7.9%, with youth unemployment running at 20.5% – a record high.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said unemployment, particularly among the young, was “a matter of great regret”.
The Jarrow crusaders as they were known were refused a meeting with the government of the day when they arrived in London.
The petition was handed in at Downing Street by the then MP for Jarrow, Ellen Wilkinson.
The last surviving Jarrow marcher, 93-year-old Cornelius Whalen, died in September 2003.