Posts Tagged ‘Worfare’

Class War: Unemployed Forced to Attend Jobs Fair Held by IDS Conservative Association

November 16, 2014

The militant anarchists of Class War have discovered that the jobs fair held last Friday, 14th November, in the Assembly Rooms in Chingford, were in fact organised by IDS’ local Conservative Association for Chingford and Woodford Green. Moreover, the publicity literature was printed by Metloc Printers, a company managed by another Tory, Stephen Metcalfe, MP for Essex.

Benefit claimants had not option than to attend. If they did not, they would be sanctioned.

Here’s the proof below, in letters received by Class War.

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Class War’s article can be read here: http://www.classwarparty.org.uk/unemployed-forced-attend-tory-party-event-threat-sanctions/

This, it seems to me, has two aspects. The first is the very obvious use of coercion to make the jobs fair seem like a success, and so boost IDS’ and the Conservatives’ image.

The second is that it shows the desire by the Tories to have absolute control over the workforce, to decide who has a job, and who doesn’t, and make sure that power stays firmly in the hands of the employers.

We are very nearly back to the old Elizabethan legislation, under which an unemployed man could be enslaved and forced to work for a prospective employer if he turned down their job offer.

Very nearly. As in the case of the man, who was forced to work for the firm that had just sacked him under the Workfare legislation. See the article over at Glynis Millward’s blog, http://www.classwarparty.org.uk/unemployed-forced-attend-tory-party-event-threat-sanctions/

That was too harsh even for the Elizabethans, and it had to be repealed. Let’s hope it’s not too long before Tory dodges like this are similarly unpopular.

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The Aim of Tory Policy: The Expansion of Workfare and the End of Unemployment Benefit?

May 7, 2014

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IDS as Stalin, image created from Another Angry Voice

The government has announced yet more sanctions and conditions to drive the unemployed into workfare. I’ve blogged before, along with others, such as the Angry Yorkshireman over at Another Angry Voice, on the similarity between IDS’ Department of Work and Pensions and Stalin’s used of forced labour in the Soviet Union. One consequence of this was that in the 1930s Stalin discontinued unemployment benefit, because there was officially no unemployment. It won’t be too long now before the same argument is made by the government to justify the workfare policy. The work is there, and we’re helping you into a job. Therefore there is no need to provide unemployment benefit, which only lazy scroungers would take anyway. Instead, those forced into workfare would be given something like a ‘retraining’ or ‘Probationary Employee’ allowance. Although, come to think of it, they’ve already taken away any claim that it’s about unemployment support by calling it ‘Jobseeker’s Allowance’. It’s nearly at this point already. We need to stop it before it finally gets there, and more people die.