Taking Action ... Youth Fight for Jobs vs UK Government

Protesters: Youth Fight for Jobs Target: UK Government Location: London Date: 28 November

Youth unemployment: protest
Youth unemployment: protest


The lowdown

More than 1,000 unemployed young people marched through London and past the Houses of Parliament to protest against the Government for 'failing our futures'. The group then gathered in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park. Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington John McDonnell supported the protest.

Why the protest?

Earlier this month, the UK youth unemployment rate rose to 19.8 per cent. The campaign group is angry that despite the UK youth unemployment rate reaching a record high in November, the Government is cutting funding for vocational education and considering raising university fees. Youth Fight for Jobs spokesman and protest organiser Sean Figg told the BBC the protest was to put pressure on the Government to improve the situation. He said: 'Young people are more of an investment than the banks, yet the Government has not seen things that way ... There are all sorts of socially useful work that could be created, and that's why we are here.'

How did the media cover it?

The Press Association said the protest 'highlighted concerns about youth unemployment'. The BBC News site ran an article including a quote from a Dundee-based protester: 'Where I'm from, graduates feel lucky to flip burgers.' It said protesters travelled from France and Scotland to attend the march.

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