Students at James Watt College in Kilwinning have backed calls by the Scottish Socialist Party for action to tackle North Ayrshire’s soaring unemployment.
Queues formed outside the college last Monday (February 27) as young people signed the SSP’s petition, which demands an end to savage cuts to public spending and calls for action to create employment in the local area.
Andy Jones, the SSP’s candidate for the Kilwinning Council seat, praised students for getting involved, saying, “Young people are bearing the brunt of cuts to public spending and education. Already there are almost 105,000 young people without work in Scotland – over 1,500 in North Ayrshire alone.
“Rightly, the students at James Watt are angry that decisions taken by politicians in London and Edinburgh mean they face a very uncertain future. It was good to see so many willing to fight back by signing our petition and demanding action.”
Former MSP Campbell Martin, the SSP candidate for Ardrossan & Arran, added, “Again, the SSP is the only political party on the side of local people. We are determined to fight for a decent future for our young people. That means good quality education, leading to decent, well-paid jobs.
“Cuts imposed by the Tory-Lib Dem Government in London are creating mass unemployment again, taking us back to the dark days of Thatcher, while the SNP Government has slashed funding for further education colleges. All of which means we are facing the potential of a lost generation of young people.
“The Scottish Socialist Party offers an alternative vision, one where we put people before corporate profit. A modest 10 per cent wealth tax on the richest 1,000 people in the UK would fund the creation of 1.4 million new jobs, each paying a salary of £25,000.”
Mr Martin concluded, “It’s time we stopped bailing out banks and started investing in our young people here in North Ayrshire.”