The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Open Jobs?
Maybe. But They Don’t Pay

Dec 6, 2021

They keep saying there are all kinds of jobs out there for young people. Maybe more bosses are hiring than a few months ago. Maybe this is even the best that modern-day capitalism has to offer for young workers.

But what kind of jobs are really on offer?

Jobs at small places like gas stations or fast food, or entry-level at FedEx or Amazon. These jobs are notorious for offering few if any benefits, and low wages.

Maybe a young worker can get in at what used to be a relatively decent job like the Post Office or as a bus driver—but those jobs aren’t what they used to be.

So yes, a young person today might be able to get a job. But a job that pays enough for young workers to get their own place, or start a family, is another question.

When technology keeps improving, when we have all the wealth created by previous generations, why should we accept that the next generation lives worse than the last?