Unbalanced Britain – Young People and the Living Wage

The living wage and the future for young people will be under discussion at an ILP meeting on Unbalanced Britain at the Circle Centre in Sheffield this weekend.

The crash of 2008 and its aftermath exposed the self-destructive and self-serving Unbalanced scales imagecharacter of neoliberal capitalism. The high and mighty bankers and financiers, and their allies, stood exposed for unleashing an economic tsunami upon humanity. Yet the dominance of these elites remains largely unchanged and unchallenged.

As a result, Britain is becoming an ever more unbalanced society. It is marked by extremes of wealth and poverty and in power and influence. Inequality permeates all areas of life: in the world of work; in education; the media; in gender relations and in the economy, where corporate power has spread insidiously into all aspects of our lives.

In Britain and more widely in Europe young people have been facing the full force of austerity policies, suffering unprecedented attacks on education and employment opportunities. In the world of work, a series of attacks on pay and conditions have entrenched the power of capital over labour leading to ever more insecurity.

This meeting is the first of a planned series of one-day seminars on the theme developed by Barry Winter on the ILP website at end of last year.

Barry will introduce the first of three sessions at the Sheffield meeting on 28 June, talking about the politics of inequality. He will be followed by Ernie Jacques on ‘the long haul’ towards a living wage, and Greg Roberts, a local youth campaigner, on the future for young people.

Full details of the programme and timetable, plus a downloadable booking form is available here.

What: ILP Discussion Meeting – Unbalanced Britain

When: Saturday 28 June 2014, 10.30am-4pm

Where: Circle Conference Centre, Sheffield

There is no charge for attending this event but registration is required.

Tea and coffee will be available, and lunch will be provided. Please indicate when booking if you want lunch and have any dietary requirements.

CircleThe venue (left) is just off Division Street on Rockingham Lane close to Sheffield City Hall in the centre of the city. Maps and details on how to get there are available here.

The Circle is within easy walking distance of many major bus routes and approximately 10 minutes walk from the train station and Sheffield Interchange. Visitors to the Circle can park for half price at the nearby Q Car Park.

For further information, please contact us at: info@independentlabour.org.uk; or tel. 07799 502 937.


Unbalanced Britain leaflet and booking form.

‘Unbalanced Britain: What Can We Do?’ by Barry Winter is available here.

Details of the Circle Centre are here.

Queries to: info@independentlabour.org.uk.