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Protest March Hits Barnsley

Monday October 10 2011



A PROTEST march which is happening this week stretching from Jarrow to London will come to Barnsley tomorrow (October 11.)

The Youth March For Jobs will see young people, trade unionists, students and unemployed activists hold a rally against youth unemployment at 5pm in the town centre.

Estelle Mageean, an unemployed former student from Barnsley, said: "‘I find it disgusting that with all the years I have of education qualifications and work experience, I am still unable to find work. There are so few vacancies available that everyone is now fighting for the same job. Where is the logic? How can we encourage people to work when the jobs are so few and those that there are, the pay is so low?’’

The Jarrow March is campaigning for the reinstatement of EMA payments and a programme to create jobs and apprenticeships which offer guaranteed jobs at the end, which pay at least minimum wage.

Eventually the March will reach London for the mass demonstration assembling at Temple Embankment, on November 5.

 

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Reply Posted by Tonydevoy on Monday October 10 2011 at 22:22
I agree with all the ideals of the march and would like to think that these young people will change things.  Realistically however I doubt that the march will change anything at all.  28 years ago I was on the 'peoples march for jobs 83' and marched to London with 500 other people of all ages to protest against 3 million unemployed under Thatcher's Tory government.
Since then I've been to college, university and got a degree and post graduate qualifications; I've had loads of jobs as well, some on good wages and some on crap, some with prospects but most were dead end jobs. I might add that I don't blame anyone but myself for the way my life and career, or lack of has turned out.  Fact is nothing in this life is guaranteed so no point in regrets.
When the Labour government got in in 1997 I believed they would work for ordinary people and provide good jobs that paid a living wage.  They let us down badly.  They brought in the minimum wage, allowed employers to treat employees how they wanted and gave us easy credit so we could get ourselves and the country into debt.  Meanwhile Labour MPs, trade union bosses and their mates running our public services greatly increased their own salaries, expenses and pensions just like the bankers and others who have ripped us off.
Back to the present day and the ordinary working person is not much better off, if at all and up to their eyeballs in debt.  After all those years of tory government and 11 years of labour and 2 years of the coalition income inequality is worse than ever and financial poverty is rife.  We have been let down by so-called socialists and fellow travellers who took our votes, promised to work for us but only took care of themselves and friends.
Enjoy the march and look upon it as a break from the everyday grind existing on the bare minimum while searching for non-existent good jobs with a living wage and prospects. Please don't think for a minute that you will change the system and make it fairer for ordinary folk.  I can tell you now it aint gonna happen!!

Reply Posted by STEVEGILBY on Tuesday October 11 2011 at 13:38
SO WHAT YOU ARE SAYING TONY IS DONT DO ANYTHING BECAUSE THERE IS NOT MUCH POINT? LETS ALL BEND OVER AND TAKE IT LIKE A GOOD LITTLE CITIZEN. THE YOUTH OF TODAY ARE GETTING ANNOYED WITH EVERYTHING. THEIR GRAND PARENTS FOUGHT FOR A BETTER SOCIETY BUT FOR WHAT END? THEN THEIR PARENTS JUST SAT BACK AND TOOK IT ALL WITH AN "I,M ALRIGHT JACK ITS NOT ONMY DOOR STEP LETS KEEP OUR HEADS DOWN ATTITUDE" AND NOW LOOK AT THE STATE WE ARE IN. ALL IT TAKES IS FOR PEOPLE TO GET OF THEIR ASSES AND UNITE FOR THE COMMON GOOD .BUT NO PEOPLE STILL WANT TO BUY BUY BUY AND SIT IN THEIR NICE LITTLE HOUSE AND KEEP THEIR CURTAINS CLOSED. WAKE UP!!!

Reply Posted by Tonydevoy on Tuesday October 11 2011 at 21:45
No Steve I'm not saying don't do anything coz there's no point.  I didn't stand in 2 Barnsley parliamentary elections with that attitude, I stood precisely to make the point that people should do things to try and change the system and make it fairer.
The last thing I want to do is tell people to keep their heads down and hope things get better, I want them to stick their heads above the parapet and force our politicians and public servants to make things better.
Just be realistic about it and be wary of those who say they are going to work for you when all they are doing is looking after themselves. I'm cynical but I haven't given up yet, no way.
Regarding the march perhaps what I should have said was it aint gonna happen anytime soon unless a lot more folk like you get angry with those who are screwing us and demand a fairer more equitable society and change the 'culture of greed' into a 'culture of good'.
Realistic or idealistic, whatever. For the sake of those young people marching to London and the millions more without a chance things have to change and its up to all of us to make it so!