Monthly Archives: September 2011

Latest Press Release: Union leaders support 330 mile march against unemployment

Press release for immediate use 30/9/11

Union leaders support 330 mile march against unemployment

starting tomorrow

StartsSaturday 1 October, 12 noon, Jarrow Park, Jarrow

Youth Fight for Jobs is recreating theJarrow March of 75 years ago and will be marching 330 miles to London to demand a program of job creationnot job destruction. Marchers include great grandchildren of original Jarrowmarchers, unemployed young people, students and young trade unionists (allavailable for quotes/interviews).

The march will finish in Londonwith a mass demonstration on 5 November, assembling at Temple Embankmentat 12 noon.

BobCrow,general secretary of the RMT union said “If the trade union movement doesn’tstand by the young people in the frontline of the Con-Dem attack on jobs andservices we will witness a re-run of the Thatcher government’s cynical dumpingof a whole generation onto the scrap heap. This ideological government ofmillionaires, backed by big business, could not care less for those who gettrampled in their dash to drive a bulldozer through our communities.

The betrayal of Bombardier shows ingraphic terms what’s at stake – apprentices and a state-of-the-art trainingcentre sacrificed in order to appease global finance capital and the EU. RMT’sfight for the future of manufacturing jobs in train building, and the apprenticeshipsthat run alongside them, rages on.

RMT is totally behind the Youth Fight forJobs Jarrow march and will support it in the towns, villages and cities as itheads down from the North East. RMT will not be found wanting when it comes tosolidarity with the youth, and any other sections of our community, in thefrontline of the fight back.”

MarkSerwotka, general secretary of the PCS union said “Three-quarters of a centuryon, the young people recreating this famous march are sending an importantmessage that our communities must never again be abandoned to pay for aneconomic crisis they did not cause.

Instead of cutting jobs, pay and workingconditions – and hacking away at our public services and our welfare state -the government should be investing to provide work and clamping down on thewealthy tax dodgers who deprive our public finances of tens of billions ofpounds a year.

As we prepare for the largest publicsector strike in decades as part of our fight against these cuts, on behalf ofPCS, I send solidarity to the marchers and wish them well on their journey forjustice.”


Notes to editors

Youth Fight for Jobs was launched inJanuary 2009 to combat the effects of the recession on young people. We havethe support of Unite, RMT, PCS, CWU, UCU, Bectu, TSSA, FBU and many local tradeunion and student union groups.

To contact youth fight for jobs toarrange interviews or for further information, please contact

0208558 7947

07751 355616

PO BOX 858, London, E11 1YG

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Protest gets go-ahead in Jarrow; victory!

Jarrow march secures legal permission as council backs down

Launch of five week long march will go ahead safely, legally and as planned assembling at 12noon in Jarrow Park.

Youth Fight for Jobs is recreating the Jarrow March of 75 years ago and will be marching 330 miles to Londonto demand a program of job creation not job destruction. Marchers include greatgrandchildren of original Jarrow marchers, unemployed young people, studentsand young trade unionists.

South Tyneside council hasbeen forced to retreat from its threat to charge the Jarrow marchers, many whoare unemployed or students, £2,500 for marching through Jarrow.

Youth Fight for Jobs would like to thank all those who sent their solidarity to thecampaign and protests to the council to help get the decision reversed.

More coverage: Guardian

BBC Tyne & Wear


Financial Times

An excellent statement from PCS Euston – thank you to all who wrote in to South Tyneside Council



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Events on week 5 of #jarrowmarch11

Saturday 29 October

Demonstration, assemble Abington Street (outside BBC), 12


Sunday 30 October

Marching between Northampton and Milton Keynes

Details tbc


Monday 31 October

Marching between Milton Keynes and Luton

Details tbc


Tuesday 1 November

Marching between Luton and Hatfield

Details tbc


Wednesday 2 November

Marching between Hatfield and Barnet

Rally on arrival


Thursday 3 November

Social at the Bread and Roses pub, Clapham


Friday 4 November

3pm, March from College of North East London (CONEL), Tottenham to Iain Duncan Smiths surgery in Chingford


Saturday 5 November

National demonstration assembling at Temple Embankment, 12 noon, to Trafalgar Square

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Events on week 4 of #jarrowmarch11

Saturday 22 October

Demonstration through Coventry, assemble 12 noon at Coventry

8pm, gig at The Phoenix (also known as the Camberwell)


Sunday 23 October

Evening social in Bristol, tbc


Monday 24 October

Events in Bristol, tbc


Tuesday 25 October

March between Coventry and Rugby

Rally when we arrive at Clock Tower


Wednesday 26 October

March between Rugby and Daventry

Rally, details tbc

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition meeting in Rugby with Bob Crow, RMT, and Jarrow marcher


Thursday 27 October

March between Daventry and Northampton

2:45pm, rally outside All Saints Church


Friday 28 October

7:30pm, social at the Black Lion pub

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Events on Week 3 of #jarrowmarch11

Saturday 15 October

Demonstration through Nottingham

Assemble 1pm at Forest Recreation Ground


Sunday 16 October

March between Nottingham and Loughborough

3:30pm rally at Loughborough Market Place

7:30pm meeting at the Old Packhorse, 4 Woodgate,
Loughborough, LE11 2TY


Monday 17 October

Marching between Loughborough and Leicester

11:15 brief rally in Quorn

5:30pm demonstration, assembly Abbey Park, St Margarets way


Tuesday 18 October

12 Noon rally at University of Leicester

Jarrow marchers also speaking at a meeting in Cardiff, details tbc


Wednesday 19 October

Marching between Leicester and Hinkley

12 noon Stoke demo, Stoke On Trent 6th Form, Leek road, 12

3:15pm rally at the borough, Hinkley

7:30pm Birmingham public meeting, Briar Rose Hotel, Bennets


Thursday 20 October

Marching between Hinkley and Nuneaton

Rally at George Eliot statue when the march arrives

Fundraising social at the Railway Tavern

Stoke protests at 10am KUSU, Keele Uni, 11am Newcastle
College, 1pm Stafford College


Friday 21 October

Marching between Nuneaton and Coventry

4pm, rally at the Bull Yard, Coventry

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events on week 2 of #jarrowmarch11

Saturday 8 October

Demonstration through Leeds City Centre

Assemble 12 noon at Leeds University Parkinson steps

6pm Yorkshire PCS Young Members Network social at the
Fenton, Woodhouse Lane

Youth Fight for Jobs demonstration in Hull with Jarrow

Assemble 12 noon at the war memorial, opposite the train

Monday 10 October

Marching between Leeds and Wakefield

4pm Rally at the precinct by the cathedral

4:30pm meeting at the Wakefield Labour Club (also known as the Red Shed)

7:30pm gig at the Wakefield Labour Club (also known as the Red Shed)

Tuesday 11 October

Marching between Wakefield and Barnsley

5pm rally at Peel Square

Evening gig at the Pulse Bar, Wellington Street

Wednesday 12 October

Marching between Barnsley and Sheffield

4pm Protest at Job Centre

5pm rally at the Town Hall

7pm Sheffield Anti-Cuts Alliance meeting with Jarrow marcher speaking, 7pm, Sheffield University

Thursday 13 October

Marching between Sheffield and Chesterfield

2:45 rally at Chesterfield Market Place

Evening social event at Chesterfield Labour club

7pm in Lincoln, Lincoln Trades Council meeting with Jarrow marcher speaking

Friday 14 October

Marching between Chesterfield and Nottingham

12:15 rally at Shirebrook Market Place

2:30 rally at Mansfield Market Place

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Events on week 1 of #Jarrowmarch11

Saturday 1 October

Marching between Jarrow and Birtley

12 noon – demonstration through Jarrow, assembling Jarrow
Park; all welcome

6pm – rally in Birtley with AEI factory workers in dispute

7pm – gig at the Three Tuns Pub in Gateshead

Sunday 2 October

Marching between Birtley and Durham

10am – breakfast with AEI factory workers

Evening – social event at county hall; more details tbc

Monday 3 October

Marching between Durham and Newton Aycliffe

Tuesday 4 October

Marching between Newton Aycliffe and Darlington

Rally, details tbc

Wednesday 5 October

Marching between Darlington and Northallerton

5pm, reception with RPA

Thursday 6 October

Marching between Northallerton and Harrogate

12:30 reception with Ripon Diocese

5:30pm rally at the war memorial, by Bettys Tearoom, with Harrogate Action

Friday 7 October

Marching between Harrogate to Leeds

4:30pm rally at Leeds Trinity

5pm Meeting at Leeds University with a guest marcher

8pm reception at the Wellington Pub, Leeds

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