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Youth Fight for Jobs ‘occupy against austerity’

On 11 July Youth Fight for Jobs held another ‘Youth Fight Austerity’ action. We took our tents and placards to Parliament Square in London to protest at what is a government declaration of war on young people. The occupation received publicity in both the Daily Mirror and the Observer newspapers. The Daily Mirror article has so far been shared 7,000 times, and we won 91% support in their online poll. The budget is an attempt to snatch our future and the grim outlook of increasing hardship for young people stands in stark contrast with Osborne’s treatment of the rich. We erected tents to highlight the devastating effects of housing benefit cuts on vulnerable young people. This was followed by speeches and a discussion of how to take the fight forward.

Youth Fight Austerity in the Daily Mirror & Observer newspapers

Youth Fight Austerity chants on the demo

Thanks to Mick Shanley for live streaming Saturday’s protest – watch the video here

Speeches start at 12 minutes 44 seconds into the vidoe

Report: Youth Fight Austerity budget day protests

Osborne attacks the youth…we take to the streets!

The Tories’ vicious austerity budget wasn’t announced without opposition – protests took place up and down the country. Young people were singled out for particularly vicious assault, so Youth Fight for Jobs organised 20 of these under the Youth Fight Austerity banner.

Below are some of the reports from around the country.

Find out what Youth Fight Austerity says we need to do next to stop the Tories

Daily Mirror budget day live feed featured Youth Fight for Jobs / Youth Fight Austerity and our protest & Russia Today

VIDEO: Youth Fight Austerity arrive at the main anti-austerity demo in Parliament Square

VIDEO: Helen Pattison, London Youth Fight Austerity speech at budget day protest


Birmingham Youth Fight Austerity held an anti-austerity demonstration on budget day, 8 July. The evening protest was very well attended, and grew to over 300 after a feeder march from Birmingham Against the Cuts joined in. The crowd had lots of energy and there were numerous speakers of different ages, some being new to the experience.

A group photograph was taken in support of the Greek people, after which, everyone marched to the West Midlands BBC office. Chanting all the way, and gaining attention from passers-by, the march delivered a letter to the West Midlands BBC director requesting they present more anti-austerity coverage.

YFA’s lively stalls and their demands of a £10 an hour minimum wage, rebuilding public services and a 24 hour general strike were extremely popular. A short but vibrant rally included speakers from the transport union RMT, communication union CWU, and public sector union Unison as well as Youth Fight Austerity and campaigners against cuts to local library services.

Overall, with a youthful and fresh feeling, the protest has added to the range of demonstrations held in Birmingham, has received much positive feedback from people, and over 100 who had never participated in political activity before signed up to be involved in future Youth Fight Austerity campaigns.

Conrinthia Ward, Birmingham Youth Fight Austerity


On 8 July, Youth Fight Austerity planned national action to counter the new austerity budget. We had a platform outside Downing Street for us to voice our anger at Osborne’s planned cuts. Socialist Party member Mary Finch made clear, the scrapping of the maintenance grant and its replacement with a loan is not only another attack on students who already struggle to survive, but an attack on young working class people who now face an even higher level of debt if they get to university.

Youth Fight Austerity then marched on Parliament Square to join with other anti-austerity protesters, blocking the road and making lots of noise. While some despaired at the ‘death’ of the public sector, we made it clear that an organised, united fightback is needed – starting with further action on 11th July.

Marianne Murray, London Youth Fight for Austerity

VIDEO: Youth Fight Austerity arrive at the main anti-austerity demo in Parliament Square

VIDEO: Helen Pattison, London Youth Fight Austerity speech at budget day protest


Around 50 people gathered for a protest called by TUSC and Youth Fight Austerity in Huddersfield at lunch time. The protest heard from local trade union speakers and campaign groups including Iain Dalton speaking on behalf of the campaign.

Especially noticeable was the numbers of people stopping to listen to the speeches on their lunch break. The vast majority of these were young people including young workers and one group of six-form college students. Most left their details to find out more about Youth Fight Austerity.

Huddersfield Youth Fight Austerity


Nuneaton’s Youth Fight Austerity demo was a great success. We had lots of good conversations with people who were disgusted with the Tories’ austerity attacks and were more than happy to sign petitions and take away leaflets about building the anti-austerity movement.

Aidan O’Toole, Nuneaton Youth Fight Austerity


Nearly 100 people came out and voiced their anger at the spectacularly divisive budget that will see those with least, suffer the most. The Youth Fight Austerity stall was manned by young supporters, who are proportionally more affected by the official age discrimination in pay, benefits and further attacks on the right of education that this government is delighted to enforce. A poignant speech from a schoolgirl expressed the indignation at the news that grants for student from low-income households will be totally removed and replaced by loans. The pots and pans of the crowd rang out, conviction for further action was strengthened and future students were made of the campaign.   

Vlad Tomes, Nottingham Youth Fight Austerity


Over 20 trade unionists and socialists gathered at Chester Cross to protest the continuing attacks of the ruling class. Armed with a hastily produced leaflet, placards and a megaphone we vowed to carry on our campaigning against the many attacks our community and class are facing.

Kenny Cunningham, Chair of West Cheshire TUC


25 turned up to protest against the budget in Worcester, including Youth Fight Austerity, TUSC, Worcester TUC, and members of the newly formed Unite Community branch.  I was interviewed for BBC Hereford and Worcester radio as were others. Lots of people looked at our placards and banners, some signed petitions, and I had many worthwhile conversations with people in the space of an hour.

Pete McNally, Worcester Youth Fight Austerity


The announcement of further cuts on budget day brought together anti-cuts campaigners under the banner of Youth Fight Austerity to protest at the Bargate before marching through town to join a protest organised by the People’s Assembly. Campaigners to save Woodside Lodge care home, and the Bitterne Walk-In NHS service, joined with young workers and trade unionists organised by Youth Fight Austerity. Our banners, leaflets and megaphone attracted many people, some stayed to join the protest. Others we had never met before came with their own placards and stories to tell. After half an hour we marched through town, a small but lively and noisy protest, getting plenty of support. As we arrived at the People’s Assembly protest chanting, “We can stop the cuts!” we were applauded by all those there. Many people agree that opposition to these cuts must grow, many are new to protests and politics.

Southampton Youth Fight Austerity


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Youth Fight Austerity – July 8th Budget Day protests!

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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

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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