Sunday 7 October 11am

Back to the 1930s?
Casualisation, uncontrolled rents, marketisation of education and services

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The conference is about Scotland’s future – the future of its young people.

Currently 9.1 per cent of young people outside full-time education are unemployed. Many others are in part-time and casual employment. Over the past ten years the total number of people in part-time and temporary employment in Scotland has increased by 105,000 to 836,000. There has also been a 20 per cent increase in self-employment – often concealing exploitative subcontracting.

Rents in the private rented sector have rocketed: a rise of 32 per cent in the past five years in Glasgow. There are currently 7,700 homeless young people in Scotland – 891 in Glasgow.

At the same time council services for young people have been cut to the bone and the NHS is struggling – especially in areas such as mental health – and further education butchered.

Is this the future we want ?

The conference will debate the options. Currently the Conservative government’s White Paper on the EU signs us up to all the worst elements of the Single Market including its ban on state aid and, for most areas, its procurement rules.

The conference will look at immediate campaigning on employment rights and housing. It will also debate the longer term issues. Is there a viable alternative to neo-liberalism – as built into the EU Single Market, to the Conservative’s White Paper and to a large extent the Growth Commission Report ?

11.00 Chair’s opening remarks Roz Foyer
11.15 Opening plenary
ALTERNATIVES TO NEO-LIBERALISM, THE EU AND THE GROWTH
COMMISSION REPORT

12.30 Lunch break
1.00 Workshops
A. GROWTH COMMISSION REPORT: REALISM OR CAPITULATION ?
B HOUSING AND RENTING
C. MAY’S EU WHITE PAPER: A NEO-LIBERAL FUTURE ?


2.15 Closing Plenary
A FUTURE FOR YOUTH

Speakers

Sean Baillie Living Rent Campaign
Pauline Bryan Convener Red Paper Collective
Jamie Caldwell Unite Community Coordinator Scotland
Ruth Dukes Professor Labour Law, Glasgow University, IER
Neil Findlay MSP Lothians (Labour)
Kerry Fleck Vice President Belfast Trades Council
Roz Foyer Senior Organiser Unite Scotland
Alison Glass Vice Chair Scottish Young Labour
Caitlin Kane Candidate for the LP Policy Forum
Michael Quinn Glasgow organiser YCL
Sean Watson UCU Committee member Glasgow University representing casualised staff

STUC Building, 333 Woodlands Road,
Glasgow (200 yards from Kelvinbridge Underground)