Unemployment Fightback

Dara O’Neill writes about the Communist Party of Britain’s new campaign aimed at tackling unemployment in Britain.

Liberty Steel workers face uncertainty after Stocksbridge plant sale

5,000 workers are worried for their livelihoods after the UK’s third largest steel producer, Liberty Steel, announced plans to sell off it’s Stocksbridge plant in order to pay off the debts owed by the company. The back door deal made in Dubai between Indian steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta and Investment Bank Credit Suisse will be […]

CP to host online ‘Unemployment Fightback’ events on 29 May & 5 June 2021

The Communist Party is set to hold two high profile Unemployment Fightback events on 29 May and a week later on 5 June featuring speakers from across the labour movement.

Unemployment has risen by over a million during the pandemic and millions more, disproportionately the young, women and minorities, are expected, as furlough ends.  There is obviously a need to build a movement to challenge unemployment and to go further, to demand investment in future well-paid jobs and apprenticeships. Class unity and workplace organisation will be necessary to build this movement which will also need to take on underemployment, job insecurity and the gig economy with its zero hour contracts.

Birmingham in crisis: a city ravaged by austerity-driven unemployment

Although being the 2nd most populated city in the country, Birmingham has consistently ranked low on Westminster’s list of priorities. The ‘2nd city’ label, which was originally coined to boost the area’s reputation nationally and internationally, has only served as an excuse to ignore it.

The Tory Kickstart scheme is a joke. We need a real plan to beat youth unemployment

The Tories’ flagship ‘Kickstart’ scheme isn’t a subject that has received a great deal of coverage either in the monopoly media or in the labour movement since it was launched as part of the Summer Budget in 2020. This lack of coverage and awareness might be surprising given that it is being touted as the Tories silver bullet to spiralling youth unemployment resulting from the pandemic. In fact, it is really their only significant policy in terms of youth unemployment. But there is a good reason you probably haven’t heard much about it since the scheme was launched. Despite all the government spin, it has been a complete failure.