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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 http://www.youthfightforjobs.com/wordpress/wordpress/?p=1203

  • If your protest isn’t included please email youthfightforjobs@gmail.com so we can add it to the list

  • Please click attending on facebook, share the events, & most importantly join the protests on the day!

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

London
4:30pm
10 Downing Street

https://www.facebook.com/events/884260928302101/

Belfast
5pm
City Hall
Organised by Socialist Youth

Bradford
5pm
Centenary Square
https://www.facebook.com/events/883870308325871/

Cardiff
5:30pm
outside Central Station
Called by Cardiff Trades Council

Coventry
5pm
Broadgate
https://www.facebook.com/events/1638344089713491/

Huddersfield
5pm
Market Cross – near McDonalds

https://www.facebook.com/events/276142532572021/

Leeds
5pm
Assemble in Victoria Gardens, outside Leeds Art Gallery & Central Library
https://www.facebook.com/events/807414962676055/

Manchester
12pm
Piccadilly Gardens
https://www.facebook.com/events/829296160489365/

Southampton
5pm
Bargate

https://www.facebook.com/events/1440871339541264/

Protests on other days

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

https://www.facebook.com/events/832832123462047/

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

London

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

Birmingham
5pm – St Martins in the The Bullring

Cardiff
5pm – Meet at Nye Bevan statue

Chesterfield
6pm –  Broad Pavement McDonalds (next to market)

Coventry
11am – Meet at the Godiva statue

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

Glasgow
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

Ipswich
6pm – McDonald’s in the town centre

Leeds
4:30pm – Lower Briggate McDonald’s

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

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

Nottingham
6pm - St Peter’s Gate McDonalds

Peterborough
6pm – city centre McDonald’s

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

Sheffield
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

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

Stoke
11am – McDonalds in Parliament Square, Hanley

Swansea
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 youthfightforjobs@gmail.com, if your protest isn’t on here, please send it in!

Youth Fight for Jobs brand Miliband’s pledge ‘not good enough’

Global Day of Action – Wednesday 15th April

Miliband says he plans to put a ‘12 week limit’ on the use of zero hours contracts.  

Helen Pattison, former zero-hours contract worker, said:

“If Labour want young worker’s votes they need to do better than this. Clearly they’re feeling the pressure of campaigns like ours and the huge anger that exists at the scandal of zero-hour contracts.  But Miliband’s promise goes nowhere near far enough. This pledge does not ‘ban’ zero-hour contracts and could even lead to employers systematically firing and rehiring workers after a three month period – in reality adding to insecurity.  As someone who has experienced life on a zero-hour contract I know the feeling of stress and isolation these cause. But this policy will not solve the problem. Workers deserve guaranteed hours, trade union representation and full employment rights from day one. What’s more, we deserve a wage we can live on – I’d like to see Labour back the campaign to raise the minimum wage to £10 now – not £8 by 2020. And it would be good to see them actually backing trade unions putting up a fight over zero-hour contracts. That’s why I’ll be joining protests on 15 April as part of the ‘join a union day’.”

The day of action on 15 April is part of global protests taking place against low-pay and casual work. In Britain, Youth Fight for Jobs is working alongside the Bakers’, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU) as part of the Fast Food Rights coalition. On 15 April actions will take place across the country as part of a ‘join a union day’ aimed at helping to encourage unorganised workers to get organised to fight for a better deal. Fast Food Rights demands the scrapping of zero-hour contracts, a £10 an hour minimum wage without youth exemptions and full trade union rights for all workers.

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
7:30pm
TUC Commercial House

5th Floor
Pilgrim Street
NE1 6QE

Join the facebook event and share it! 

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
12pm
Parliament, Old Palace Yard

For more info contact youthfightforjobs@gmail.com

If you would like to send us an anonymous story about what it’s like in your workplace, please email us at youthfightforjobs@gmail.com

PRESS RELEASE: Protests taking place across the country as part of ‘fast food rights’ campaign

Protesters involved in the ‘Fast Food Rights’ coalition are taking part in over 25 protests across the country this Saturday, 29 March as part of a newly launched campaign. The protesters are demanding a living wage for all workers and an end to the use of zero-hour contracts. Fast Food outlets including McDonalds , Costa and Burger King will all be targeted by protesters who will also be signing workers up to the Bakers’, Food and Allied Workers’ Union (BFAWU), who initiated the Fast Food Rights campaign.

Ian Pattison, spokesperson for Youth Fight for Jobs said

‘This day of action is part of building a campaign against the low-pay in security and exploitation taking place across the fast food industry at the present time. We are fighting for decent jobs – with guaranteed hours, a living wage and trade union rights. These multi-billion pound companies are making sky high profits by super-exploiting workers – especially young workers. But this campaign is building the fightback.’

Protests are taking place in towns and cities all over Britain.

A full list can be found here:

www.youthfightforjobs.com

London events are as follows:

11 AM – Lewisham protest – meet by Lewisham Clock Tower

1.30 PM – meet at Leicester Square McDonald’s, on the corner of Swiss Court and Whitcomb Street

5 PM – Lewisham Public Meeting – Glass Mill Leisure Centre, 41 Loampit Vale, London, SE13 7FT

Protests across North West for Youth Fight for Jobs and Fast Food Right day of action – Saturday 29th March

Youth Fight for Jobs and Fast Food Rights protests in the North West - 29/03/14

Youth Fight for Jobs and Fast Food Rights protests in the North West - 29/03/14

You can see a full list of the protests across the country here http://www.youthfightforjobs.com/

Full list of protests – Saturday 29th March

Protest March 29th!

Check out a full list of Saturday’s protest below!

Youth Fight for Jobs & Fast Food Rights Day of Action

Scrap Zero-Hour Contracts
A living wage of £10 a hour
Join a union

List of events (more to follow)

London

11 AM – Lewisham protest – meet by the Clock Tower

1.30PM – Leicester Square leafleting

5PM – Lewisham Public Meeting – Glass Mill Leisure Centre, 41 Loampit Vale, London, SE13 7FT

Shirebrook

11AM – Assemble at – Shirebrook Market Place to Target Sports Direct HQ – NG20 8AA

Birmingham

1PM – outside Primark, New Street

Brighton

12 noon – outside McDonald’s in Western Road, Brighton

Bristol

12 Noon – YFJ/ FFR Super-Stall – Meet outside BHS, Broadmead, BS1 3HB

Bolton

11AM – Victoria Square, town centre

Canterbury

11AM – Meet by Café Rouge in Canterbury city centre

Cardiff

11AM – Queen Street, Nye Bevan’s statue targeting BK, FootLocker and Costa

Carlisle

11AM – Scotch Street city centre

Chester

11AM – Chester Cross, town centre

Coventry

12 noon – Shelton Square (by Tesco in Coventry City Centre), CV1 1DG

Exeter

12 noon – Exeter High Street

Glasgow

12 noon at Sauchiehall Street McDonald’s

Huddersfield

Coming soon!

Leeds

1pm outside Briggate/Boar Lane McDonalds

Leicester

Meet 11am, the Clock Tower, Leicester Town Centre

Lincoln

12 noon – outside McDonald’s in the Cornhill, Lincoln

Liverpool

12 noon – Sports Direct – Parker Street, L1 1DJ

Manchester

11AM – Sports Direct, Market Street, M1 1PW

Newcastle

12 noon – Northumberland Street Burger King

Rochdale

12 noon- Yorkshire Street, town centre

Sheffield

11AM – top of Fargate

Southampton

11AM  – Meet outside the West Quay Shopping Centre, Above Bar Street

St Helens

11AM – Church Square, town centre

Swansea

2pm – Meet outside McDonalds on Castle Square

Wakefield

10 AM – Outside McDonalds on Kirkgate

Wigan

2pm - Standishgate, town centre

Esther McVey is out of touch!

Tory (un)employment minister Esther McVey has said the problem with young people today is that we expect too much, none of us are willing to take entry level jobs. McVey has suggested we go and work at Costa Coffee. Again, the Tories have proven how out of touch they are, shielded from the austerity measures they’re implementing. Before being given her current post, McVey was previoulsy Tory minister for disbaled people, responsible for removing DLA (Disability Living Allowance) and drastically cuting benefits for disabled people.

Below you can see an article by Nottingham Youth Fight for Jobs from February 2013 when 1900 people applied for just 8 jobs at a Costa Coffee branch.

A small and new branch of Costa Coffee in Mapperley, Nottingham featured in national news headlines yesterday when around 1,900 people applied for just 8 vacancies. The area manager for the East Midlands was shocked by the number of applications, particularly as many of them were by university graduates including nursing graduates.

Youth Fight for Jobs activists in Nottingham have been pointing out for the last few years the lack of jobs available in the area. In some places in Nottinghamshire, there are at least 15 job seekers for every vacancy. This example shows that young people are willing to work, even in minimum wage jobs, despite what government ministers like Iain Duncan Smith might say. The problem is that there aren’t enough jobs out there.

Whilst there is plenty of socially useful jobs that could be done, such as nursing in the NHS, young people with skills are being forced into part-time and temporary jobs.

Some of the people applying had previously lost their jobs from chains that have gone into administration such as HMV. The government’s claim that the private sector will ‘pick up the slack’ is proving again and again to be a lie. Youth Fight for Jobs demands that the government creates decent jobs with decent pay for the millions of young people who are unemployed or underemployed.

Today, the unemployment figures will again show the level of misery being inflicted on ordinary people Britain as a result of the Con-Dem’s misery. Youth Fight for Jobs members in Nottingham will continue to campaign for a future for young people.