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SALFORD YOUTH BUDGET JOBS PROTEST AT SALFORD PRECINCT
 

Star date: 21st March 2012

YOUTH FIGHT FOR JOBS AT SALFORD PRECINCT

"A millionaire will get £175,000 kickback as a result of this budget at the cost of our public services" campaigner, High Caffrey

Salford's young people were out on Salford precinct late this afternoon protesting against the ConDem Government's millionaire's budget and unfair work programmes which they say exploit the unemployed.

Companies with shops on the Precinct, like Greggs, Wilkinson and Holland and Barrett, are involved in the Government's workfare schemes which campaign group, Youth Fight For Jobs is opposing.

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Campaigners from Youth Fight For Jobs were out with placards and leaflets on Salford Precinct, after George Osborne's budget announcements, protesting against the ConDem Government's hand outs to the rich and its policies on youth unemployment.

"The budget today has only made things better for millionaires and the transport union, RMT, has pointed out that a millionaire will get a £175,000 kickback as a result of this budget at the cost of our public services" said Hugh Caffrey, Youth Fight For Jobs campaigner.

"Nothing that I have seen will help young unemployed people" he added "The Tories, and particularly the Lib Dems, want to portray elements of the budget like the higher rate of tax relief for low earners and things like that as being helpful but that will be more than chewed up by all their attacks on low earners. No-one, apart from a millionaire, is better off as a result of this government or this budget."

Today's protest was part of a co-ordinated national day of action against the Government's workfare schemes, which campaigners call `slave labour'.

"We're here today to protest against the continuing involvement of some of the High Street's biggest names in the workfare schemes, which is the forcing of the unemployed to work for nothing, or next to nothing, in shops providing free labour to big companies" Hugh Caffrey explained "We think that's wrong and our position is that they should be fully paid and they should be proper jobs, not the kind of exploitation that we're seeing on these schemes. We think they should be scrapped and replaced with real job creation.

"There's a number of shops on Salford Precinct that take part in the Government programmes, like Greggs, Wilkinson, Holland and Barrett" he added "Many of the companies, like Tesco, pulled out because of the protests against the work experience schemes but many are still involved in the workfare programme and other similar programmes that exploit other groups of people. The work programme is the one for anyone who is long term unemployed which includes a lot of young people."

The North West protests which also happened in Manchester, Liverpool and Skelmersdale, as well as Salford, while in London the protest included a `Chancellor of the 99%' who outlined an alternative budget including taking the banks and big business into public ownership, and using £120billion in uncollected tax from the rich to create jobs.


For details on the Youth Fight For Jobs campaign see www.youthfightforjobs.com

Ian OBrien wrote
at 08:21:56 on 25 March 2012
Thanks Nachtschlepper. But I just say it like i see it mate. Mayor is for somebody much smarter than me. Give it a shot yourself and I will be your speech writer or something- so long as you don't get rich quick and start behaving like the rest of them. The metaphorical 'them' I mean. Not John Merry ha ha.

A.P. wrote
at 08:21:39 on 25 March 2012
My family , and many friends , already boycott the businesses named and shamed , and will boycott all others who cynically exploit the unemployed . Come on , people , let's all boycott the exploiters and harm their profits . We CAN do this . Agree with Nacht re O.B. for mayor , if he's up for it . We all deserve a refreshing change from the usual lab/lib/con traitors and liars.

Nachtschlepper wrote
at 20:10:47 on 24 March 2012
I just want to add that I am boycotting those shops mentioned in this article & hope many other people will do like wise. I would really like to see a full list of all companies involved in this slavery.

Nachtschlepper wrote
at 20:10:41 on 24 March 2012
Ian, you are spot on mate. Every post you put up makes absolute sense. I'll buy you a pint, if I ever meet you. Ever thought of running for Mayor?

Ian OBrien wrote
at 05:46:06 on 24 March 2012
Watching Question Time a month or so ago, around the time Tesco and Asda - the only real stakeholders in British central and local government - were reshaping one of these schemes, I had to turn over before I turned Elvis!! I didn't have a .45, but I felt like putting my foot through the screen. All I heard were gangs of Tories saying things like this: These schemes give people the self respect they need to get back into work and off benefits. They give some people their fist ever experience of the working environment. This experience can be just what is needed to get them out of the benefits trap. The experience they gain (stacking shelves) is invaluable. Etc etc etc etc, until I was dizzy with rage. Nobody, Labour toerags included, bothered to mention the one and only reason anybody would leave benefits to work, for example, the 11 - 8am shift, stacking shelves in Tesco. Nobody mentioned that working class people do not do these shite jobs because they give us some sense of honour or wellbeing. We do not do them because it makes us feel proud of ourselves or because we are patriots. We do them, for one reason and one reason only - the money. Nobody works because they want to; nobody does it because it makes them feel worthwhile or valued. Come on...valued? For stacking boxes of cornflakes at a time of night when even badgers aren't awake? No, we do it because we have to; because it pays the wage that barely keeps the wolf from the door; because it keeps the gas on, the phone on and just enough food in the fridge. So, in all this talk of how good it feels for these poor, sad, unskilled people, to work in a supermarket for a few weeks; amidst all of this BS, not one person mentioned the most important experience: The experience of getting paid. WHTF!!! Who, on this earth, works at the lowest skilled, most mind numbing, soul destroying, valueless job in existence ......for the love of it? Nobody. My dad drove busses around Salford for 35 years. He never, ever owned or drove a car. You know why? Because he truly, and utterly, hated and despised driving after doing it for 12 hours a day. He had five sons. He had a wife. He had to provide. That is the only reason, the only experience which is worth talking about. The experience of being paid for all your hard work.

Anti -Politician . wrote
at 21:46:04 on 22 March 2012
Great idea . We must all boycott every organisation involved in exploiting the unemployed . Affecting the profits of these exploiters will force them re-consider . The torybastards only look after their business chums , and always rip-off the workers and unemployed , as Thatchers gangsters did . What a digraceful way to run a country .

Nachtschlepper wrote
at 14:17:47 on 22 March 2012
Is there not a list of these parasitic companies that exploit people in this way? I, for one would certainly boycott any such business. All you Lib Dems out there, hang your heads in shame. The Tories have always robbed from the poor to give to the rich. Now through a sheer need for some aspect of power you sell your principles, if you ever had any. People remember these things come the next general election & kick the Tories & their Lib Dem lapdogs as hard as we can.

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