Jarrow Crusade reignited as fight for jobs enters the modern era

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A MARCH for jobs is to pass through County Durham as it recreates a famous crusade by unemployed workers.

A new Jarrow March is being organised by Youth Fight for Jobs, with the group to march 300 miles to London to demand jobs are created.

It will also mark the 75th anniversary of the first crusade against unemployment and poverty, with the latest to call for decent wages, conditions, training schemes and apprenticeships with jobs at the end.

The march is backed by eight trade unions and starts from Jarrow Park, on October 1.

It will pass through Chester-le-Street the next day and Durham on Sunday, October 3.

They plan to reach the capital by Saturday, November 5, to take part in a mass demonstration at Temple Embankment.

Paul Callanan, the national organiser for Youth Fight for Jobs, said: “It’s been four years since the collapse of Northern Rock, and still young people are paying for a crisis caused by the bankers and the super rich.

“Young people are being shot by both sides.

“On the one hand we have the cuts and the collapse of the high street chains, seeing young people being slung out of work.

“And on the other, we have the attacks on education, cutting off the last escape route.”