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TUC Condemns Workfare.

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This Motion was passed at the TUC Conference this week.

The welfare state
Motions 37, 38 and 39
Congress is proud of the role trade unions played in founding the welfare state as a social insurance from each according to their means, to each according to their needs.
Congress notes, with concern, the clear rise in levels of deprivation since May 2010.

New inequalities having a deleterious impact upon the lives of vulnerable people are increasingly obvious to all those working in the public and voluntary sectors.

Services are becoming ever more fragmented, leading to wide variations in access across geographical areas of the UK.

Vulnerable groups are experiencing increased poverty and lack of support as a direct result of government policy specifically designed to promote this same fragmentation of services to susceptible groups including children, the elderly and the disabled.
Congress further notes several aspects of government policy that will lead to additional destruction of the security of vulnerable groups.
Proposed moves such as the regionalisation of pay will lead to further attacks on the support for those groups in society that have the fewest defences of their own.
Congress notes that around £30bn of welfare cuts have been announced by the government.
Congress condemns the campaign of vilification by this government and right-wing tabloids to denigrate the welfare state and to demonise those without work or unable to work, and young people, migrants and
the disabled.

Congress is appalled that disability hate crime has soared to record levels.
On behalf of these groups Congress calls for:

  • a reiteration of the principle of fair and equal pay and the maintenance of equity in pay for all workers in the public sector, wherever they work
  • a re-instatement of the services and resource snecessary to support vulnerable groups
  • a determined and robust opposition to the threats being posed to those in society who have the fewest defences.

Congress re-iterates its commitment to the pursuance of equalities in society.
Congress further notes that millions of people are barely surviving on poverty-level benefits or need tax credits to subsidise low wages.

Congress believes we have a responsibility to support Unemployed Workers Centres which provide assistance for job searching and benefit advice.

Congress condemns ‘workfare’ policies that compel the unemployed to work for their benefits and calls on the government to make work experience schemes optional and paid.


Written by Andrew Coates

September 14, 2012 at 11:19 am

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  1. Mr coates could u please put up full details of who won the 3 wks jsa comp or was it a con all along

    paul wells

    September 14, 2012 at 11:28 am

    • I don’t know what this Coates chap has done but I saw him in Aldeburgh Yatch Club yesterday lunchtime drinking bottles of Bollinger like nobody’s business. He then left in a chauffeur driven Bently.

      Ben Gummer

      September 14, 2012 at 12:41 pm

  2. congress hit the nail exactly on the head.
    I also completely agree with everything said in this


    September 14, 2012 at 11:52 am

  3. Now to put the motion into reality – build for the 20 October as the first step followed by 24 hour General Strike!


    September 14, 2012 at 3:57 pm

  4. YAY!!!!! Pimms all round,,,, Praise the rich, blame the poor. Rob from the poor, give to the rich. Tax the poor, give bonuses to the rich. Starve the poor, feed the rich.
    From all the poor according to their poverty, to all the rich according to their wealth.
    Poor= Unrich. Unrich = thoughtcrime. Thoughtcrime= unperson, speedwise.
    All animals are equal – but some animals are more equal than others.

    The ‘Dennis Moore’ sketch in Monty Python’s Flying Circus is about a mad highwayman who steals lupins and forcefeeds them to people. It had the Robin Hood song, ‘Robin Hood,
    Robin Hood, riding through the glen. Robin Hood, Robin Hood, with his band of men; He steals from the bad and gives to the good, Robin Hood, Robin Hood, Robin Hood’.
    The Pythons had this as ‘Dennis Moore, Dennis Moore (…)’

    Well it fits ‘Duncan-Smith’. So from some of the Pythons’ words (I’ll have to change the lines except the last 2 lines):


    Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith,
    The smelly ugly troll
    Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith,
    Evolutionary own-goal
    He bravely crusades, to punish the skint,
    Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith.

    Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith,
    Sends slaves to dig in tips,
    Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith,
    Says “Let them eat from skips”,
    Learn self-reliance, earn the right to breathe;
    Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith.

    Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith,
    Throws families on the street,
    Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith,
    For jobs you must compete,
    For every McJob, eight hundred applied,
    Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith.

    Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith,
    He’ll take away your dole;
    “If you’re feeling hungry, you can
    Lick a piece of coal”
    For dietary fibre, there’s that tasty cardboard box;
    Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith.

    Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith,
    Workfare is your fate,
    Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith,
    As property of the State,
    And when you drop dead, you’re just toxic waste,
    To Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith.

    Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith,
    His jackboot on our backs,
    Duncan-Smith, Duncan-Smith,
    He’ll charge us Council Tax,
    He robs from the poor, And gives to the rich,
    Stupid bitch, Stupid bitch, Stupid bitch.

    something survived...

    September 14, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    • Could you set it to music so we could all sing it?

      Andrew Coates

      September 15, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      • Here’s what something survived…is referring to:

        God, I feel old.


        September 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm

  5. To Andrew Coates et al

    Here is another opportunity to protest against creeping Workfare.

    October 18 is “ANTI-SLAVERY DAY”. Did you know that?

    More information can be had at:


    Interestingly, UNGIFT (United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking) was launched in March 2007 by, among others, the Interantional Labour Organistation, the latter having already defined “forced or compulsory labour” as “all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily”.

    And, yes, the UNGIFT defininition of anti-slavery includes, FORCED LABOUR! They should now update their definiton to specifically include WORKFARE!!

    Even more interesting is the current involvement of Lord Morrow from Northern Ireland who is launching his private members Bill on Human Trafficking and Exploitation. Lord Morrow intends to tackle the growing problem of trafficking for sexual exploitation and FORCED LABOUR head on. His Lordship can be contacted by email here:


    I wonder if Lord Morrow knows abourt the ideological involevment of the Salvation Army in the arena of people trafficking at a time when the Salvation Army is also actively involved in Workfare schemes? See The Guardian’s report here:



    September 17, 2012 at 9:10 am

  6. Don’t hold your breath waiting for the TUC to do anything for the jobless – you’ll suffocate. TUC, as far as I’m concerned, stands for Totally Useless C**ts. They did nowt for the unemployed during the 1930s and 1980s and shamefully betrayed the miners in the 1926 general strike and 1984/85 strike.

    Besides, many union barons are on MI5’s payroll and are nothing but well-paid class traitors.


    September 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm

  7. WTF!

    Government eyes end to benefits and inflation link

    Government eyes end to benefits and inflation link

    The government is considering ending the automatic annual increase in benefits in line with inflation, sources have told BBC Newsnight.

    If implemented, the move would see many benefits frozen for two years, then rising only in line with average pay.

    The BBC

    September 17, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    • This is the last fucking straw!!

      All Out War

      September 18, 2012 at 7:59 am

  8. This is the last fucking straw!

    All Out War

    September 18, 2012 at 7:58 am

    • Have blogged on this – I watched Newsnight.

      Andrew Coates

      September 18, 2012 at 9:37 am

  9. So, congress duly “notes” and “condemns” government policies and actions? So what? What’s next? Any action plans to combat these policies and actions? More ranting, I guess!


    September 14, 2013 at 7:43 pm

  10. Reblogged this on thepositivevoice.


    September 14, 2013 at 8:52 pm

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