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Block Osborne’s Billionaires’ Budget: Protest 8 July

Youth Fight Austerity – July 8th Budget Day protests!

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Downing street
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Victoria Square
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Centenary Square

The Fountains, city centre
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Queen St.

Lady Godiva Statue
Broadgate Square

St James’ Square

corner of Union and Argyle Street

Market Cross

City Square

12 noon
Speakers’ Corner

12 noon
Church Street McDonalds
07769 611 320

12 noon
Piccadilly Gardens by Queen Victoria statue
07769 611 320

Queens Street, near the Bus Station

Brian Clough statue
Market Square

The George Eliot Statue
Newdigate St
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Outside Town Hall

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Hanley (Stoke)
Clock Tower
outside Potteries Shopping Centre
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The Man on the Horse Statue
Queen Square

Exhibition Square

Youth Fight for Jobs moved on by police saying demonstrations are ‘banned’ outside the treasury


Downing Street

Youth Fight for Jobs campaigning against the cuts planned in Osborne’s emergency budget were yesterday told that it is illegal to protest outside the treasury, on the grounds that the area is owned by the Royal Parks. Youth Fight for Jobs planned a peaceful protest to highlight the impact of welfare cuts and other austerity measures on young people, and have branded the rules ‘completely undemocratic’. After being forced to move on, we instead held a short rally outside Downing Street.

It is incredible that protests are banned outside the Treasury. George Osborne is planning an austerity budget with cuts on an unprecedented scale. Yet those who will suffer the impact of this are banned from peacefully protesting outside the building where the plans are drawn up. Even before the Tories have carried out their planned attacks on the right to organise in trade unions and other democratic freedoms, it’s clear that the right to protest is severely limited.

The protest marked the start of a ‘Youth Fight Austerity’ month of action which will culminate on July 8th with budget day demonstrations across the country. In London, we’re meeting at 5pm outside Downing Street. For a full list of the July 8th protests planned so far click here

Youth Fight for Jobs’ Treasury protest featured in the Morning Star newspaper

Protest – Thursday 11th June – 5pm at the Treasury

Keep the anti-austerity pressure on Osborne & Gothe Tories before & after the June 20th national demonstration.

Thursday 11th June
Protest outside the Treasury
1 Horse Guards Road

Click here to join the July 8th budget day protests around the country

Protests against Tory’s austerity Queen’s Speech

  • A full list of protests can be found below. Find out why Youth Fight for Jobs is protesting at

  • If your protest isn’t included please email so we can add it to the list

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Wednesday 27th May – State opening of Parliament (Queen’s Speech)

10 Downing Street

City Hall
Organised by Socialist Youth

Centenary Square

outside Central Station
Called by Cardiff Trades Council


Market Cross – near McDonalds

Assemble in Victoria Gardens, outside Leeds Art Gallery & Central Library

Piccadilly Gardens


Protests on other days

Saturday 16th May – Lincoln
1pm to 5pm
War Memorial/Boots, Lincoln High Street

Youth Fight for Jobs calls day of civil disobedience to mark state opening of parliament

Protests planned around the country on 27 May

London protest assembles at 4.30pm opposite Downing St

A full list of protests can be found here

The Youth Fight for Jobs campaign is planning mobilisations across the country as part of a day of action marking the state opening of parliament. The protests, called under the slogan ‘no to five more years of austerity’, are demanding an end to cut-backs.

Helen Pattison, Youth Fight for Jobs spokesperson said:

“The Tories think the election has given them licence to unleash five more years of savage austerity. Young and working class people people face an onslaught. Already struggling with zero-hour contracts and poverty pay, we now face the chilling prospect of compulsory workfare for all unemployed 18-21 year olds, a deepening housing crisis and further attacks on education and youth services. In reality the Tories have no mandate for this savagery. Less than 1 in 4 eligible voters supported the Conservatives on 7 May. This protest will be sending a signal to Cameron and his friends. Their attempts to smash our future will be met with fierce resistance on the streets, in the workplaces and on our campuses.”

Youth Fight for Jobs is raising the following 5 demands:

  1. End austerity – no to five more years of cuts to jobs, education and public services
  2. Stop welfare cuts – no compulsory workfare for 18-21 year olds, defend housing benefit
  3. Fight poverty pay – raise the minimum wage to £10 now, scrap zero-hour contracts
  4. Defend education – no to cuts and tuition fees
  5. Democratic rights – stop attacks on the right to protest and civil liberties. For votes at 16.

Helen Pattison is available for interview. Call 07540 189 052. The contact number for the day of the protests is 07757 207 289.

Youth Fight for Jobs was launched in 2009 in response to rising levels of youth unemployment. In 2011, we organised the 330 mile Jarrow March for Jobs, supported by Unite, PCS, RMT, CWU, UCU, FBU, BECTU and TSSA trade unions. We support raising the minimum wage to £10/hr and work with the Bakers, Food, & Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) in the Fast Food Rights campaign aiming to organise currently unorganised workers into the trade union movement.

Zero-hour contract and minimum wage protesters take to the streets

Check out a list of the UK protests for the Global Day of Action – Wednesday 15th April below

On Wednesday 15th April, fast food and other low-paid workers in the USA will be taking part in what could be the biggest day of strikes, occupations and protests in their fight for a $15/hr minimum wage.

In Britain, the Youth Fight for Jobs campaign is working with the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) in the Fast Food Rights coalition to organise solidarity protests up and down the country. Wednesday’s protests will be part of a ‘Join a Union Day’. We’re encouraging unorganised workers to get organised, so we can reverse the tide of low pay and casual work.

We are campaigning to:

  • Raise the minimum wage to £10/hr for all, with no youth exemptions
  • Scrap zero-hour contracts


10:30am – Marble Arch McDonald’s
12pm – East Ham high street – contact 07540189052
12pm – Poplar College
5pm-6:30pm – Whitehall McDonald’s

5pm – St Martins in the The Bullring

5pm – Meet at Nye Bevan statue

6pm –  Broad Pavement McDonalds (next to market)

11am – Meet at the Godiva statue

12 noon–2pm Queen St Arcade McDonald’s in Northgate

12noon - McDonald’s (1200 Maryhill Road)
1:30pm - McDonald’s (489 Pollokshaws Road)
2:30pm - McDonald’s (Sauchiehall Sreet) then march to…
McDonald’s (209-215 Argyle Sreet, corner of Union Sreet)  from 4pm (ish) – 6pm

6pm – McDonald’s in the town centre

4:30pm – Lower Briggate McDonald’s

2pm– 6pm – Clock Tower McDonald’s, Church Gate

6pm – McDonalds on the corner of Church Street and Lord Street in the city centre – contact 07757207289

6pm - St Peter’s Gate McDonalds

6pm – city centre McDonald’s

12 noon – McDonald’s HQ and the McDonald’s next to it

Wednesday 15th April – 11:30am – High Street McDonald’s
Saturday 18th April – 11am – McDonald’s at bottom of Fargate followed by rally at 2pm in the United Reform Methodist Church on Norfolk Street with BFAWU general secretary Ronnie Draper

11.30am-2pm – West Quay McDonald’s
11.30am-2pm – Shirley McDonald’s

11am – McDonalds in Parliament Square, Hanley

6pm outside MacDonald’s on Castle Square.

We’ll also have protests in Chester, Huddersfield and Middlesborough on Wednesday 15th April, plus Grimsby on Wednesday 22nd April, as well in Barnsley on Thursday 23rd April (12 noon – Costa in Town Centre)

for more info contact Youth Fight for Jobs on, if your protest isn’t on here, please send it in!

Newcastle Fast Food Rights public meeting – £10/hr animation launch – Thursday 19th February

Thursday 19th February will launch the Fast Food Rights £10/hr animation at a Newcastle public meeting, part of the campaign to raise the minimum wage. BFAWU (Bakers’ Union) President Ian Hodson will speak alongside local Youth Fight for Jobs supporter Paul Phillips. The full list of speakers includes;

Ian Hodson – Bakers, Food, and Allied Workers’ Union President

Beth Farhat – TUC Regional Secretary

Dave Anderson MP

Tim Roach – GMB trade union

Paul Phillips – Youth Fight for Jobs

Fast Food Rights public meeting – Newcastle
Thursday 19th February
TUC Commercial House

5th Floor
Pilgrim Street

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Youth Fight for Jobs were out in Newcastle for a day of action with Fast Food Rights and the Bakers’ Union, continuing the campaign to raise the minimum wage to £10/hr, on Saturday 14th February.

Tory workfare and Youth Fight for Jobs in the news!

Sick Tory plans to cut benefits for young people and force them onto unpaid workfare schemes were met with an angry response yesterday. Lots of people wanted to hear what Youth Fight for Jobs had to say in opposition.

Claire Laker-Mansfield on Sky News (part 1)

Claire Laker-Mansfield on Sky News (part 2)

Russia Today

Short clip of Yorkshire Youth Fight for Jobs regional organiser Iain Dalton on BCB Bradford radio – 1 min 15 secs in

Sports Direct: Pressure mounts on zero-hour contracts

Sports Direct, notorious for its widespread use of zero-hour employment contracts, has been forced to make clear in job adverts what its workers legal rights are. Although these ‘zero-hour’ jobs do any guarantee any work whatsoever, Sports Direct employees do qualify for statutory sick and holiday pay.

Ian Pattison, Youth Fight for Jobs

The company, owned by billionaire Mike Ashley, agreed to this change in an ‘out of court’ settlement after a former worker was due to take Sports Direct to an employment tribunal over its abuse of zero-hour contracts.

However, the company is not scrapping zero-hours – under which nearly 90% of its staff are employed – so the fight to end this casual employment practice goes on.

Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ), which has targeted Sports Direct with protests up and down the country over the last year, will continue to fight for permanent, full-time jobs on a living wage and for trade union rights – the best antidote to exploitation in the workplace.

Zero-hour contracts destroy jobs

David Cameron, George Osborne, and other leading millionaire Tories are too confused to explain how unemployment is down at the same time that wages are falling. But what the millionaires can’t add up is obvious to the millions who have been suffering under brutal austerity and rising use of zero-hour contracts for years. All the main political parties have defended the use of zero-hour contracts, and refused to have them banned.

Youth Fight for Jobs works closely with the Bakers, Food, and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) in the Fast Food Rights campaign. Fast Food Rights next big protest will be Friday 21st November (2 days after students will march for free education) as we lobby Parliament when they discuss zero-hour contracts. Zero-hour contracts must be scrapped, and all workers deserve a living wage of at least £10/hr.

Fast Food Rights protest
Friday 21st November
Parliament, Old Palace Yard

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Reports of latest Fast Food Rights Day of Action


Protests were organised in 8 towns and cities across Yorkshire and  coincided with a day of strike action amongst fast food workers in the USA in their campaign for secure jobs, decent conditions and a $15 an hour minimum wage.Signing petition for an end to zero hour contracts at the Sheffield protest

Where we ran stalls, they were often mobbed by people agreeing with our demands to scrap zero hour contracts and to raise the minimum wage to £10 an hour.

5 local radio stations interviewed YFJ and BFAWU activists, whilst several local newspapers covered the protests in a number of towns and cities, including Huddersfield, Pontefract & York where the first ever Fast Food Rights protests were taking place.

In Grimsby, which also had it’s first ever Fast Food Rights action, activists divided up and went in cars to leaflet outlying McDonald’s stores, before heading back into the city centre to leaflet McDonald’s there.

Sheffield Fast Food Rights activists report hearing several zero-hour horror stories including one lift engineer on a zero hour contract doing 60 hour weeks with no overtime, whilst a woman told them her son on a zero hour contract hadn’t had any work in 4 weeks!

In cities where Fast Food Rights protests had taken place before, such as Leeds, Bradford and Wakefield, activists had several conversations with McDonald’s staff, as well as other nearby fast food workplaces including KFC and Costa Coffee.

Ian Dalton Yorkshire YFJ


Today myself and two other comrades leafletted near the Brixton tube station. What has been a historically minority working class part of london is now seeing higher end stores move in but not seeing a paying wage that comes along with luxury. We went into several fast food restaurants including McDonald’s and KFC. Several workers expressed interest in the moment for £10 an  minimum wage as well as fighting against zero our contracts. Our work continued as we went into several stores as well. A few employees at The Body Shop expressed interest and agreed that it is a good idea to have £10/hr wage. Walking around one of the stores we had gone into I could see several employees reading our leaflets. Getting the word out there and making workers aware that there is a group out there really fighting for their interests is the first step in building a mass movement.