IN LATE MARCH the Trades Union Congress organised a magnificent march and demonstration against the Con-Dem spending cuts. Around half a million people gathered in London to attend the TUC March for the Alternative: Jobs, Growth, Justice.
Now another mass demonstration is being planned. Set for October, it will retrace the original 1936 Jarrow March to London. This year is the 75th anniversary of the Jarrow Crusade – when in 1936, 200 unemployed men from Jarrow in the North East marched to London to protest against high unemployment and the appalling conditions they lived in.
The March For Jobs 2011 is being organised by Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ). Organised across Briatin, YFJ is backed by six unions: the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU), Communication Workers Union (CWU), National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), Unite and University and College Union (UCU).
Announcing the demonstration, YFJ noted that “young people are still among the worst hit by the economic crisis and Con-Dem cuts. The number of 18-24 year olds not in employment rose by 12,000 to 963,000 in the three months leading up to February.
This is on top of 218,000 16-17 year olds out of work. The number of graduates not working is currently at the same rate as before, one in five.”
Solidarity welcomes the announcement of this new Jarrow Crusade. We understand that it will be attended by the great grandson of one of the original protesters. That ordinary working folks are still marching for jobs is a damning indictment of a capitalist system that just doesn’t care.