How to organise young workers

Submitted by martin on 11 January, 2008 - 4:44 Author: Editorial
Supersize my pay

One of the most visible impacts of capitalist globalisation has been the massive expansion of low-paid (and often semi-casual) jobs in the service sector.

This “precarious” employment — in bars, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels, fast-food chains, supermarkets, high-street retailers, call centres and elsewhere — means long hours, barely-legal wages and unsafe working conditions. Young people fill these jobs.

Left debates at Young Labour

Submitted by Matthew on 18 October, 2017 - 1:08

Around 200 delegates attended the 2017 Young Labour Policy Conference at Warwick University over the weekend of 15-15 October. In a marked change from previous years the mood of the conference was left-wing. The conference voted for free education, shrugging off the attempts of the much-reduced Blairite faction to garner support for their graduate tax policy. Likewise, the conference voted to leave NATO — a clear break from the foreign policy of recent years.

How to go forward from 8 June

Submitted by Matthew on 21 June, 2017 - 11:12 Author: Editorial

The 8 June election result has re-energised Labour’s activist base and helped put basic working-class demands back on the agenda. The increase in turnout among young voters, and the huge Labour lead among young voters, signal a major shift in British politics. All of this opens up a new period of Labour revival and recomposition.

Youth vote can beat Tories

Submitted by Matthew on 31 May, 2017 - 10:20 Author: Editorial

“If 38% of voters genuinely go for pro-IRA anti-nuclear pro-mass-nationalisation Corbyn, UK voters are no longer mature enough for democracy.”

The Twitter comment from Andrew Lilico of the right-wing Institute of Economic Affairs sums up how a section of the British ruling class views even the outside chance of a Corbyn victory on 8 June.

Why students and youth should vote Labour

Submitted by Matthew on 3 May, 2017 - 9:27 Author: Rosalind Robson

If the opinion polls are correct, Labour is solidly ahead of the Tories among potential voters under 40 years old. Among women under 40, 42 per cent favour Labour, against 27 per cent for the Tories. Unfortunately, these same people are less likely to vote. What’s going on?

Young people and mental health – a political issue

Submitted by Matthew on 29 March, 2017 - 11:28 Author: Joe Booth

Statistics show that help for young people with mental health issues is dramatically decreasing. A 2016 investigation by the Guardian and 38 Degrees showed that trusts around England were “drawing up plans for hospital closures and cutbacks” in an attempt to avoid a £20 billion shortfall by 2020. This means that young people aren’t getting the help they need or deserve.

Organise young Corbyn supporters!

Submitted by martin on 2 October, 2016 - 4:57

Opinion polls show the 18-24 age group as the only one in which Jeremy Corbyn, after the summer's battering by the media and the Labour right, is more popular than Theresa May.

Yet another poll, done by YouGov, showed the 18-24 age range as one of the very few subgroups of Labour Party membership in which Owen Smith outpolled Corbyn.

Young people supporting Corbyn and left-wing policies have not been signed up and organised, or not anywhere near sufficiently.

Polarisation in Harlow

Submitted by AWL on 14 September, 2016 - 12:04 Author: Steve Drewett, Newtown Neurotics

“Brexit” is “Brexit” and “violent assault” is “violent assault”. Much as some people would deny that there is a connection between Brexit and the violence that occurred in Harlow over the August bank holiday, leaving one Polish man dead and another injured, there is undoubtedly one.

Both statements attempt to describe something and yet still leave one in the dark.I live in Harlow and have done so since 1959, I love this town. Its problems, such as they are, are no more (and probably less) than anywhere else in Britain.

No to school uniforms!

Submitted by AWL on 14 September, 2016 - 11:36 Author: Martin Thomas

Hartsdown Academy, in Kent, sent 50 students home on the first day of term for “incorrect” school uniform.

Nervous 11-year-olds on their first day in big school were turned away because of quibbles about their socks, or buckles on their shoes.Yet the headteacher and the academy chain bosses are defiantly self-righteous. They want to stop the school being “scruffy”.

There is no evidence that wearing costly, awkward, and weird clothes helps learning. School uniforms are unknown in Finland, which comes top in world assessments, and in France and Germany.