Press release for immediate use 30/9/11
Union leaders support 330 mile march against unemployment
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
PO BOX 858, London, E11 1YG