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Scottish Youth to March for Jobs, from Stirling Castle to Glasgow
From the 17th -20th October, unemployed youth, young trade unionists, students, school students and anti-cuts campaigners will be marching from Stirling Castle to Glasgow, against cuts to jobs, benefits and public services.
March Assembles for rally at Stirling Castle car park at 12pm Wednesday 17th October.
The march has been organised by the Youth Fight for Jobs Scotland (YFJS) campaign and the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Young Members Network.
It is sponsored and supported by trade union branches and organisations across Scotland. The march will conclude by joining the demonstration organised by the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) on Saturday 20th October in Glasgow city centre.
YFJS is holding a press conference for the March, at 6:30pm on Wednesday October 10, at the Glasgow City Unison office, 84 Bell Street. Marchers and supportive trade unionists will be speaking.
In response to George Osborne’s proposal to cut housing benefit for under 25’s,Ryan Stuart, young Unite member and chief steward of the march said “We are marching to highlight the misery caused by austerity and offer young people a campaigning strategy, by uniting in mass struggle with the trade unions. The cut to housing benefit, Osborne is proposing, will cause mass homelessness of the most vulnerable youth in society. We call for all claimants to receive benefits that meet the cost of living and rent. We hope to bring the spirit of the recreation of the Jarrow March, organised by Youth Fight for Jobs, last autumn which raised opposition to the cuts in the mass media. We have been inspired by struggles of workers and youth across Europe, such as the Spanish miners who marched on their capital, against job destruction. I would appeal to young people to join us on the march, we hope to mobilise thousands for the STUC demonstration”
Luke Ivory, long term unemployed from Glasgow, “We are marching for an increase in public investment into a program of real job creation. Over 100,000 Scottish youth are out of work, we need public works and skilled apprenticeships. Instead of slave labour workfare, we demand jobs and training schemes paid at the living wage of £7.20 an hour. Apprenticeships are being introduced by the Scottish Government and local councils but they are low paid and temporary, with young people’s hopes being raised and then they are thrown back on the scrapheap. We demand guarantees of a job or further training on completion.
Leah Ganley , PCS Young Member “We are marching for an end to attacks on pensions. Increasing the retirement age to 68 is unfair on older workers and steals job opportunities for young people. We also need public investment into a program of home building, renovation and green technologies to provide work for the unemployed and affordable housing for the next generation.
Wayne Scott, Dundee University student, “We are marching for the reversal of cuts to education courses. We demand fully funded grants for all students at university and college”.
David Mundt, School Student marcher “We are marching for an end to school cuts and mergers. Future generations can’t pay for the mistakes of the bankers”
Contact marchers for interviews and more info on 07927342060, firstname.lastname@example.org, Follow Twitter @YFJScotland, See Marchers blog at http://scottishmarchforjobs.wordpress.com/ Visit the website www.youthfightforjobs.com.
The March for Jobs and Public Services has been supported by: PCS Scotland, Glasgow City Unison, Edinburgh RMT No1, STUC, and the following PCS branches: SG Tayside, Motherwell Pensions, Dundee Pensions, Dundee HMRC, Saughton, Elgin Job Centre, Glasgow DSS, Passport Office, Kirkcaldy DSS, Highlands and Islands, Historic Scotland, West of Scotland MOD.