Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Unemployed Groups: Cambridge Unemployed Workers’ Union.

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This looks interesting –

Cambridge Unemployed Workers Union.

The Unemployed are among some of the most dispossessed people in Cambridge. We believe that by organising together we can gain more respect, improved welfare benefits, and good jobs and apprenticeships for all.

Aims and Objectives

  1. To gain socially useful jobs – this incorporates the right not to work jobs society doesn’t need, i.e. Marketing, Advertising, Non-Defensive Weapons Production
  2. Access to free Education and Training of the highest standard we can maintain
  3. To be treated Equally with human respect
  4. To spread information regarding our rights
  5. Money used for arms and business subsidy to be spent on provisions for those focussing on childcare and illness
  6. To reach out and build solidarity with other workers and the general public.

Stall Outside A4e (Action 4 Employment) A4e is one of the ‘Providers’ for the DWP that will take care of the work programs dished out to those who are claiming benefits, they have been found to be corrupt and telling the government that they have found jobs for people when it wasn’t the case to get their hands on public money. A4e is a smokescreen for the privatisation of the Benefits system – most people know of them as ‘Flexible New Deal’. We will be presenting info to the public and clients of A4e their track record and what they can expect as well as alternative ways of getting help and support. A4e is currently situated in Wellington House, East Rd. We will be outside from 12 – 2pm Friday 22nd Jan 2010. Come along and join us.

More on their activities  here.

Brighton Benefits Campaign is worth a look too – here.


Written by Andrew Coates

April 19, 2010 at 10:08 am

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  2. Hello. I’m quite curious. What do you chaps in the Unemployed Workers’ Union plan on doing.. Calling a strike? Would this mean refusing to pick up your welfare checks? Or maybe going on strike actually means working?!

    If so, I’m pleased to announce that I can offer the opportunity of gainful employment in Cambridge in a fantastic sales environment. Feel free to email me for requests – as I’m sure you’ve all been looking for jobs terribly hard recently.

    Alex Holland

    November 5, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    • To Alex Holland: You know a place where there have jobs in a ‘fantastic sales environment’. I never knew jobs in sales environments were fantastic. Give us more details these jobs.


      November 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

      • Firstly, any job is ‘fantastic’ compared to not being able to provide for your own survival; let alone that of anyone in your family.

        Secondly, it’s ‘fantastic’ in terms of it being commissioned and possible to earn a lot of money. IF you have talent and are prepared to work hard.

        Alex Holland

        November 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

    • Is that Cambridge USA ?

      “Welfare checks” foresooth!

      Andrew Coates

      November 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      • Cambridge UK!

        Alex Holland

        November 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      • Andy means it should be “cheques” not “checks”.

        Work Programme

        November 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm

      • And Worky, nobody who’s British uses the expression “Welfare checks” – it used to be GIROS but now most people get it paid into an account.

        Andrew Coates

        November 7, 2011 at 10:46 am

      • Let’s get this straight. I’m working on behalf of a supranational government agency, earning between two-three times minimum wage already.. And an unemployed person is trying to point-score on me accidentally interchanging two words?

        Correct. I used the word ‘check’. You’re being outlearned, outperformed and outlived by a 25 year-old with dyslexia and ADHD – how does it feel?

        Again. How far have your values got you so far? Re-evaluate yourself.

        Alex Holland

        November 6, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      • Alex Holland: And your point is, caller?


        November 6, 2011 at 10:34 pm

  3. To Alex Holland: No, you are wrong for thinking that any job is better than no job. In a rich country such as the U.K. no one should do a job that is unprincipled, under-paid and hazardous. If one is doing a job that is unsuitable, under-paid and hazardous, how is that different from slavery? Now you have informed us that there is an allegedly fantastic job in Cambridge, give us the details so that I can consider it.


    November 6, 2011 at 11:43 am

    • Because it provides for your family whilst you find something preferable. Please don’t tell me you have a family, because an attitude like yours in such a situation would be absolutely disgraceful.

      We’ve all had dreadful jobs. I got a degree and still found myself waking up at 0430 to deliver washing machines, having chemicals spill over my hands and carrying out stained mattresses from customers houses – for under £6 an hour.

      Guess what. I thrashed ANYONE with your attitude when I interviewed for a great job, because my boss knew if I was willing to do that for minimum wage, I’d be more than willing to earn excellent money for international clients.

      That’s why I’m already pushing £30k at 25; and am gunning for £40k next year, dealing with international clients – and you’re NOT. Because I’m willing to carry stained mattresses and washing machines whilst still asleep.

      Not because of my family, or my education, but because I throw myself into anything I can get and don’t make pathetic, pitiful excuses for myself. I take responsibility.

      Start asking yourself where your attitude has got you so far; and what kind of attitude those who WIN AND SUCCEED have.

      Alex Holland

      November 6, 2011 at 11:53 am

    • yadda yadda yadda… Zzzz…

      Jam Tomorrow

      November 6, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      • Yes Alice, slog your guts out in Poundland for nowt but a packet of crisps passed their sell-by date and there will be jam tomorrow 🙂 Remember Alice, the welfare-to-workfare rule is: “jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day.”🙂

        Alice in Wonderland

        November 7, 2011 at 10:29 am

      • But Queen, I want jam today 😦

        Alice on Workfare

        November 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

      • And knowing blooming Poundland, the blooming jam will be passed its sell-by date as well.

        Nora Batty

        November 7, 2011 at 10:52 am

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