YOUNG people in Huddersfield are putting pressure on the Government to plough money into jobs and training.
Youth Fight for Jobs is a national campaign backed by the Socialist Party and trade unions to secure more job opportunities, stop cheap labour and abolish university fees.
Huddersfield supporters of the campaign were out in the town centre in force on Saturday urging people to sign their petition.
As part of their demonstration, a supporter dressed as Gordon Brown handed over a ‘blank cheque’ to a banker.
Huddersfield organiser Gary Bunton, 20, said: “We have organised this campaign because a whole generation is facing desperation and ruin and it is about time we stood up and made our voices heard.
“We are fighting for free education, a living wage and decent jobs for all, with no exceptions.”
In 2008, 15% of 16 to 24-year-olds were unemployed.
The group says unemployment figures nationally are set to rise to 3m and 40% of those will be young people.
Members are angry at Government hand-outs to the banks in the face of job losses.
Gary said: “It’s a very contradictory situation where the Government is paying these banks billions and the people at the top are still getting pensions worth millions when workers are being laid off.
“It is largely young workers in their first jobs who are not being given the chance to get experience or learn new skills before they are just thrown on the scrapheap.
“A lot of them are agency workers who are easy to lay off so – when employers are looking to make savings young people are the first to go.
“Instead of all that money going straight to the top, why not use it to give young people jobs and get them experience and training?”
He said there had been plenty of support for the campaign and urged supporters to go to a campaign meeting this Thursday.
The meeting is being held at St Patrick’s Catholic Centre at New North Road from 5.30pm.
Speakers will include Chris Kitchen, general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, and Kirklees councillor Jackie Grunsell, who led the Save Huddersfield NHS campaign to try to stop maternity services being moved to Calderdale Royal Hospital.