Voluntary Sector: Taking Action ... Youth Fight For Jobs vs The Government

Protesters: Youth Fight For Jobs

Target: The Government

Location: Jarrow, South Tyneside

Date: October-November

The lowdown

More than 300 unemployed young people set off on a 330-mile march from the North East to London, mirroring the famous 1936 Jarrow March, in which 200 men protested against unemployment and poverty. It marks the original march's 75th anniversary and protesters are scheduled to arrive in London on 5 November, when they will hand in a petition to 10 Downing Street.

Why the protest?

As the latest government figures show, unemployment stands at 2.57 million - a 17-year high - with young people worst off. The number of jobless young people increased by 74,000 between June and August, to a record 991,000. Youth Fight For Jobs has demanded the Government creates a jobs and apprenticeship scheme paying minimum wage or above, reinstates Education Maintenance Allowance payments and reopens all youth services.

How did the Government respond?

The Government did not respond directly to the march, but has said it aims to tackle high youth unemployment by creating 300,000 apprenticeships.

How did the media cover it?

The march received extensive coverage across regional and national print and broadcast media including BBC News, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Mirror and The Guardian.

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