Join Compass Youth at it special fringe at NUS National Conference on 13 April 2010. Sign up now!

We get treated like kids with pocket money wages and pay the poverty premium for it. We’re cheaper to pay and easier to fire. We’ve gone from low pay to no pay.

Who are we? We’re the generation that thought we had it all until the crisis showed us our dreams were built on a house of cards. Nothing to show for and confused about our future. From generation Y to generation why.

And now we’re all in this mess together. If we haven’t been made redundant ourselves, then we all know someone who has. We’ve now probably got a greater chance of becoming unemployed than getting swine flu. First we saw the figures on the news, then we read the stories of young people on the dole in the papers and now we hear the rumours of colleagues and friends getting the sack.

But maybe being in this mess could be a way of building that solidarity. Are our generation more like rabbits in the headlights or leaders in the spotlight? We’re one million unemployed, but are we one million strong? Our grandparents fought for the welfare state, our parents fought for individual rights? What are we fighting for?

Discuss and debate with our amazing panel of speakers at our fringe at NUS National Conference on 13 April 3.45-4.45pm

* Lisa Nandy, PPC for Wigan
* Matt Dykes, Policy Officer for Young People, TUC
* Kaveh Azarhoosh, Students Organiser, Compass Youth
* Rupy Kaur, NUS Disabled Students Officer elect
* Ed Marsh, NUS National Executive Committee

Sign up now! Free refreshments and food

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