With the Spanish los indignados having finally reached Brussels at the end of their extraordinary march from Madrid, so on October 1st, a group of young British protesters, which calls itself Youth Fight for Jobs, set off from Jarrow on a march to London, aiming to arrive at Temple Embankment in London, 12 noon on November 5th.
The protest, which is supported by a number of trade unions 1, will follow in the footsteps of the Jarrow Crusade which took place during the Great Depression exactly 75 years ago, when about two hundred unemployed followed a similar route to raise awareness of mass unemployment:
- A massive government scheme to create jobs which are socially useful and apprenticeships which offer guaranteed jobs at the end – both paying at least the minimum wage, with no youth exemptions.
- The immediate reinstatement of EMA payments, expanding them to be available to all 16-19 year olds.
- The immediate re-opening of all youth services that have been closed, including reinstating sacked staff.
- The scrapping of ‘workfare’ schemes – benefits should be based on need not forced slave labour.
- A massive building programme of environmentally sound, cheap social housing.
To make the march happen, we are working with the trade union movement and activists to raise £26,000 and organise demonstrations, rallies and protests in every town, city and area that the march visits. We have produced an information pack on the march, click here. Any further queries, get in contact here, or email email@example.com or call 020 8558 7947. For more info on Youth Fight for Jobs, see our website http://www.youthfightforjobs.com
Taken from the official blog for the Jarrow March 2011.
Here is a list of forthcoming stops and rallying points:
Tuesday 11th October
Marching between Wakefield and Barnsley
5pm rally at Peel Square
Evening gig at the Pulse Bar, Wellington Street
Wednesday 12th October
Marching between Barnsley and Sheffield
4pm Protest at Job Centre
5pm rally at the Town Hall
7pm Sheffield Anti-Cuts Alliance meeting with Jarrow marcher speaking, 7pm, Sheffield University.
Click here for more information about events in Sheffield.
Thursday 13th October
Marching between Sheffield and Chesterfield
2:45 rally at Chesterfield Market Place
Evening social event at Chesterfield Labour club
7pm in Lincoln, Lincoln Trades Council meeting with Jarrow marcher speaking
Friday 14th October
Marching between Chesterfield and Nottingham
12:15 rally at Shirebrook Market Place
2:30 rally at Mansfield Market Place
Saturday 15th October
Demonstration through Nottingham
Assemble 1pm at Forest Recreation Ground
Click here to read a complete itinerary.
Saturday 15th October also sees an international day of action, with calls for people to take to the streets and squares in cities and towns across the world.
The event was originally called for by the Spanish los indignados as part of their Democracia real YA! campaign Toma La Calle (or “Take the Streets”).
Click here for information from the Democracia real YA! official website.
The Nottingham demonstration on the Jarrow March is listed as just one of a number of events taking place around Britain. As yet, no event has been planned in Sheffield.
Click here for a map showing where other events are taking place around the world.
1 The Jarrow March is backed by 8 national tarde unions: RMT, PCS, UNITE, UCU, FBU, BECTU,CWU, TSSA.