TRAVELLING Jarrow marchers arrived in Rugby on Tuesday protesting against youth unemployment.
The march marks the 75th anniversary of the Depression-era Jarrow march from the North East to London. They were joined outside the clock tower by trade unionists and anti cuts protesters. They also took part in a public meeting last night with union leader Bob Crow.
Pete McLaren, convenor of Rugby branch of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), said: “There were several consecutive days of anti-cuts activity in Rugby this week.
“Up to 50 young people are on the march - before they got to Rugby they already spent 25 days marching from Jarrow in the North East to highlight the scandal of rising unemployment. Great grandchildren of the original Jarrow marchers 75 years ago are amongst those taking part, as well as unemployed young people, students and young trade unionists. The march will finish in London with a demonstration on November 5 to protest against the high level of youth unemployment, which now stands at nearly one million.”
Bob Crow said of the march: “The RMT is totally behind the Jarrow march.
“If the trade union movement doesn’t stand by the young people in the frontline of the government attack on jobs and services we will witness a re-run of the Thatcher government’s cynical dumping of a whole generation onto the scrap heap.”
When, in 1936, the marchers arrived in London very little was done for them. All they were given was £1 each to get a train ticket home.