Youth Fight for Jobs

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Youth Fight for Jobs
Youth Fight for Jobs (logo).gif
Abbreviation YFJ
Formation 2009
Type Youth representation
Purpose Anti youth unemployment
Region served
United Kingdom

Youth Fight for Jobs (YFJ) is a campaigning youth organisation based across England, Scotland and Wales backed by 7 national British trade unions the PCS,[1] RMT,[2] the CWU,[3] Unite,[4] UCU,[5] TSSA[6] and BECTU[7] as well as individual trade union branches, student unions and labour movement figures.


Youth Fight for Jobs was launched through a 'March for Jobs',[8] in the tradition of the Jarrow Marchers, to the G20 on 2 April. It held a foundation conference in May 2009.


Since its foundation, the organisation has been attempting to raise awareness of the issues surrounding youth unemployment and creating local groups to campaign for action on these issues.

On 28 November 2009, YFJ organised a national demonstration in London with over 1000 participants.[9]

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Jarrow March on 1 October 2011, YFJ began a 330-mile march from Jarrow in South Tyneside to London to highlight youth unemployment.,[10] with the support of several MPs[11] and the backing of eight national trade unions.[12]

YFJ also marched from Merthyr Tydfil to Cardiff starting 4 August 2011 to highlight that Merthyr Tydfil had the fourth highest level of youth unemployment in Britain.[13][14]


  1. ^ Public and Commercial Services Union support
  2. ^ Rail Maritime and Transport Union support Archived December 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Communication Workers Union support Archived June 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Unite and UCU add their support to Youth Fight for Jobs Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Unite and UCU add their support to Youth Fight for Jobs Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Youth Fight for Jobs: Campaign moving forward
  7. ^ Conference 2009 Emergency propositions Archived April 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ March for Jobs Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ BBC News, Young Protestors March for Jobs - Retrieved 25/12/09
  10. ^ BBC News, Unemployment campaigners recreate 1936 Jarrow March
  11. ^ Early day motion 1614 - Retrieved 23/02/11
  12. ^ Marching for a Future - We have received the support of eight national trade unions – Unite, UCU, Bectu, CWU, TSSA, RMT, PCS and the FBU Archived October 3, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  13. ^ Why we’re marching; Merthyr Tydfil Archived March 28, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ BBC News - Young protesters' jobs march from Merthyr to Cardiff

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