Posts under ‘Young People’

Britain needs good jobs and a pay rise

by Dave Watson.

Britain needs a pay rise, not just to bring relief to hard-pressed workers, but also to drive a sustainable economic recovery. That’s the message from the latest research and is particularly relevant to our members in Scottish local government, who are being balloted on industrial action over pay from next week. Their pay is the lowest, even […]

In defence of free school meals

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

The Conservative/LibDem Coalition has proven itself the most incompetent and vicious government this country has seen since the 1930s. In future decades historians of politics will damn it for the food bank queues, the severely disabled people being forced into work, for allowing the super rich to coin it while hammering the worst off and, […]

Training and the ‘forgotten 50%’

by Grahame Morris.

For too long there has been an assumption that the best path to success for young people is via the conventional academic route. That kind of thinking is now out of date. For a 14 year old following the traditional academic route there is a clear route through GCSEs to A’ levels and on to […]

Investigating paedophile politicians

by Phil Burton-Cartledge.

As Parliament prepares to disband for the summer, a vast supercell hangs poised to send tornado after tornado ripping through the political establishment. Rumours have long-circulated about paedophile MPs, and the absence of several dossiers submitted to the Home Office by the late Tory MP Geoffrey Dickens have forced Theresa May to establish a wide-ranging enquiry. […]

Positive TUC alternative to Labour kicking struggling youngsters when they’re down

by Jon Lansman.

Young people not in full-time education are now less likely to be in work than people of other ages and their prospects are declining, despite the recent recovery in the jobs market, the TUC warns as a new report on full employment published today. The TUC report, Equitable Full Employment: A jobs recovery for all, looks at […]

Punishing young people financially is the Tory way

by Michael Meacher.

The idea of giving young people aged 18-21 guaranteed access to education or training or help to find work is obviously a good one, but why spoil it by proposing that such persons should receive a means-tested ‘youth allowance’ at a rate perhaps even lower that the current job seeker’s allowance (JSA)? JSA is already paid […]

Mother and baby home scandal: rooted in creation of 2 conservative states in Ireland

by Gerry Adams.

From the USA to China, from Africa and India to Australia the story of how almost 800 babies and children died in the care of a religious order and the state were buried in a mass grave in Tuam County Galway has captured the media headlines for the last week. The mother and baby home […]

Anti-immigrant rhetoric will only alienate young voters

by John Percival.

In his first conference speech as party leader, Ed Miliband spoke of a “new generation” not bound by the fear or the ghosts of the past. When it comes to immigration,  younger people are much more likely to welcome the benefits and opportunities provided by freedom of movement than those from older generations. Polling from […]

Labour Students and the cause of free education

by James Elliott.

NUS Conference 2014 was one of the most leftwing conferences in years, passing a string of radical policies of default support for staff strikes, campaigns for a 5:1 pay ratio, a legal fund for victimised student activists and of course, free education. The graduate tax had become a soft compromise option for many in Labour, […]

Workfare: it’s failed, but that won’t stop this government

by Michael Meacher.

As from this week, if you’ve been out of work for a year, you’re put through the Work Programme for 2 years and then if you emerge with no job, as many do, you’re into workfare disguised under the deceitful title of Help to Work. What this means was spelt out by Osborne at last […]

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