Young socialists in Cardiff, some members of the Labour Party, some members of the Socialist Party, many members of no party have launched … Young Socialists Wales. Arising out of the enthusiasm and campaigning in support of Jeremy Corbyn’s election campaign they have come together campaigning for justice for Grenfell and now for the rights of workers in the gig economy.
One of the organisers, Calum Glanville-Ellis, who was undemocratically excluded from the Labour Party for calling for a no cuts budget by Cardiff Labour council, explains:
“We launched Young Socialist in Cardiff at a justice for Grenfell protest and found it had a very positive reception from young people.
“A few of us spoke and gave some great and inspiring speeches talking about Grenfell and how it could have been avoided and how we can never let it happen again.
“George Godden a young member of the Socialist Party from Cardiff East branch had an idea to set up a gig to raise money for Grenfell and engage people for a YS meeting. Local bands packed out the venue and Richard Edwards gave a rousing speech about Grenfell and why it is key to organise a movement.
“We had sold out the venue in under an hour and had a queue formed down the street, meeting loads of new people for our first meeting on the 10th July. We raised over £1400 and sent it to local community centre.
“The first meeting was another success with 30 young comrades full of ideas discussing way to take the movement forward. On July 24th we had our second meeting with a discussion on Socialism vs the free market.
“Lots of those who came are doing bar work or work in the gig economy. Someone came with their Uber Eats backpack on and told us how they’d been told they should wait outside McDonalds because there was loads of demand, but in three hours didn’t get any work. Someone else said they’d got a job three months ago but had only had three shifts in that time!
“So we’re going to hit the high street this Saturday and leaflet places like Sports Direct where the pay is low and the work insecure. We want a £10/hour minimum wage and zero-hours scrapped. Young Socialists is off to a great start in Cardiff.
“We’ve got loads of plans for campaigns and events to keep the momentum up and drive forward to a mass youth movement. I would say to anyone who wants to get involved, ‘Visit our Facebook page, get in touch and get involved!'”