WANTED: Young People 16 – 24 Year Old for Apprenticeships & Other Varied Work! Minimum £6.50 per Hour – 32 Hour, 4 Day Week, 30 Days Holidays

Famous photo an unemployed worker in Wigan at the time of George Orwell’s visit to the town prior to his writing of “The Road to Wigan Pier”. Must we return to such bleak scenes before local youth rise up and act?

Are you looking for a 32 hour, four days a week job which pays a minimum £6.50 an hour to start with, has 30 days paid holidays a year, early retirement at 60 and a decent pension?

Alternatively, looking for an apprenticeship leading to a more skilled job, as well as in either case, looking for free lifelong access to education, including Higher Education, and/or on the job training?

If so, then you should, as the former Labour Party Young Socialists’ “Youth Campaign Against Unemployment” leaflets in the early 80s used to say: JOIN THE FIGHT TO GET IT!

This is the kind of employment and future income prospect all young people might have, not only in the Wigan area but throughout the land, if they all fought for it. To achieve it will mean putting to an end the very economic and political system which sees 25% of those in the 16 to 24 year old age range currently in the Wigan area NOT in EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION or TRAINING. Or alternatively, in the case of the vast majority of the remaining 75%, sees them in generally much lower paid and lesser skilled jobs offering little in the way of future advancement, and depending on whether they’ve been to University and got a degree or not, potentially shackled to a huge student loan and other debts to go with it.

It is difficult to say who is currently in the worse position of all these young people – the formally more qualified graduate, who even if they lucky to be able get a well paid job, will soon find themselves with a student debt in excess of £30k at the beginning of their work lives which they have to pay back, those graduates who can’t find any suitable work in keeping with their qualifications, those in low paid dead end jobs, or those who are NEET.

What is for certain though is if young people don’t themselves decide to do anything the situation can only get worse for all of them, apart from that is of course, the children of the most well-off.

Whilst some of us older comrades might want to do our bit and stand up for the rights of our young people and are prepared to fight for them to the extent we might be able, we are no substitute for the mass of young people (and the mass of the people as a whole) doing it for themselves, and only young people (and the mass of the people as a whole) doing it for themselves can ultimately ensure it actually happens.

The vast majority of our young people currently face a bleak future without decisive action on their part in the next period, not only in relation to securing jobs and decent living standards, but in relation to the growing threat of irreversible global ecological degradation and catastrophic climate change which cast a shadow over the very future of humanity.

Whilst the Wigan Borough Green Socialists, would fully support the idea of young people across Wigan organising themselves independently to promote their own interests, and believe young people would probably prefer to do that without the likes of us older comrades interfering, the lack of such independent organisation by youth in the Borough is glaringly obvious at the moment, including at the level of students.

As a consequence, I think it would be at the least apt for us to offer our unconditional support to any young person or group of young people wanting to get something off the ground. This might take the shape of organising and paying for a room for a meeting, printing leaflets or posters, helping with travel expenses, or whatever.

If anyone would like such help, without conditions, then they should contact us via this Blog. I’m sure you would find us wholly supportive.

In the meantime, here’s a video from the 2009 Youth Fight For Jobs Campaign Demo in London. The Government may have changed since then, but the message remains as equally valid. The launch of a local Branch of the Youth Fight for Jobs which has some significant Trades Union support might be one way of pursuing some of the issues raised?

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6 Responses to WANTED: Young People 16 – 24 Year Old for Apprenticeships & Other Varied Work! Minimum £6.50 per Hour – 32 Hour, 4 Day Week, 30 Days Holidays

  1. Paula Madcat Panther says:

    Given that only 10 % of the adult population takes the time to get informed and stay informed, politicians, bankings interests etc can get away using the commercial media to give what the unhappy masses need …a whipping boy.

  2. I think the title of this article is a bit strange – is that just to be attention grabbing? I’m also not clear why the demands/offer would be for a minimum wage of £6.50 an hour when the living wage campaign is for £7.20 and youth fight for jobs demand for £8ph. Also, are you suggesting that WBGS help establish a youth campaign or are you just saying there is a need for one and you would support it (both which I would have thought were obvious)? If it’s the former have you spoken with anyone in YfJ Stephen? I imagine you know who you need to speak to, but I would try Paul Callanan or Ben Robinson, or e-mail youthfightforjobs@googlemail.com

  3. Stephen Hall says:

    The intention of the title was to be attention grabbing Helen, would have no problem with increasing the rate to that of the YFJ (just plucked the £6.50 from the sky to be perfectly honest and made the rest up) and yes because there isn’t one in the Wigan area, I think we’d be happy to assist with the establishment of a campaign along the lines of YFJ. You and I might think that’s obvious – unfortunately who is actually doing anything? As far as I know we are also the only political group in Wigan who have even thought to raise the idea outside of our own ranks. I think we’d all like to help out and support such a campaign, but think it’s got to be run by young people themselves as well as driven from the bottom up. The last thing I think the young people of our area need is yet another front campaign for one or other left-wing group whose main objective is to build themselves rather than the mass movement. I think the PCS are probably in a much better position than we are to do much practically right now. In case you haven’t noticed BTW we have responded positively to everything you’ve initiated aimed at young people recently, including the young workers’ Rally in Manchester and a meeting on the riots in Preston. For a small group of relatively old buggers I think our stance on youth issues is not that bad.

  4. Ian Heyes says:

    Hi Helen, the youth are our future. Lots of us old buggers as Steve said have young children and grand children who we are concerned about. What future are they facing when capitalism has every intention of stripping whatever wealth we have or are likely to have in the future. I am fighting for a socialist future for them because I may not see it. Unlike many other people I will not be accused of not putting up a fight for a just democratic society. We all know how scary it can be for young people when they are setting out to adulthood – exams, job interviews and the like it is stressful they need all the help they can get, especially when you have a local council closing all the youth clubs and, cutting the funding to the youth services. There is a great danger that many of the young people could turn to gangs, and crime. We the ordinary people will have to sort things out in the end not the rich because it wont effect their children. So i think that anything we can do now will be of great benefit to all of us later.

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  6. Reuben Moss says:

    Hello to all in this Blog, I am not sure if you still look at this page but I am a youth of Wigan at the age of 19.

    While I have no former education on politics in any way or form, I find my self over the last few years coming to a intellectual awakening, coming to terms with the importance of opinion in this nation and the importance of individual rights to education and support.

    Now I may self am very impressed at this time with the support that Jobseeker Plus in Wigan are giving me at the moment, unemployed and effectively homeless, they are my life line.

    But that said I am mainly here as I want to start to get involved in some form of politics, I will not pretend I am highly intellectual nor knowing on Politics, but as a young person I am wondering what political areas are there in Wigan that a young person could get interested and motivated in?

    If you read this comment, can you please get in touch with me via Facebook?

    Thank you for your time in this matter.

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