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France: Unemployed in Same Dire Straits as in UK.

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Things are not so different for the unemployed in France.

I was struck by this recent news.

An employee of Pôle Emploi (the French DWP that deals with the out-of-work) was found to have made up job ads for France’s Universal Jobmatch.

With a sense of humour not unlike the clever devils who’ve crept onto out beloved site he slipped in very special jobs (Story here).

“Cherche psychiatre ou magnétiseur pour aider les conseillers de Pôle Emploi. Public difficile, pathologies lourdes.”

“Looking for psychiatrist, or mesmerist,  to help the Advisers of Pôle Emploi. A challenging clientele with deep pathologies.”

Often it’s not so funny.

This got the headlines recently.

France : Second French jobless man sets himself on fire after losing unemployment benefits

15 February 2013

The self-immolation came two days after a man burned to death outside an employment office in Nantes.


A jobless man has set himself on fire in Paris after losing unemployment benefits, two days after another man died in a similar incident in the country’s west.

Local police in the northern Parisian district of Saint-Ouen say the 49-year old sprayed himself with inflammable liquid before stepping onto clothes he had set alight.

Passers-by called emergency services. He has been taken to hospital with first- and second-degree burns.A local official says the man linked his suicide attempt to the fact that he was taken off unemployment benefits, but added the man also suffered “personal and family problems”.

On Wednesday, a 42-year old unemployed man of Algerian origin, Djamal Chaab, set himself alight and died in front of the government employment agency in the western city of Nantes.

The number of unemployed people has risen steadily in France over the past 20 months, with more than three million people out of work.

There is a very good movement of the Unemployed in France.

Agir ensemble contre le chômage

There are, to say, the least, militant.

Perhaps we ought to link up with them.


Written by Andrew Coates

February 26, 2013 at 10:45 am

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  1. Tobanem

    February 26, 2013 at 11:31 am

    • There’s loads of dodgy job ‘offers’ around, leafleting, earn £100 etc etc. They put stuff through the doors round here all the time.

      Not to mention the efforts on the Work Programme to get us ‘self-employed’.

      Andrew Coates

      February 26, 2013 at 12:38 pm

  2. This was reported on Russia Today a while back. So much for the myth that trying to survive on benefits (or when they’re removed ) is a bed of roses as the right-wing media would have us believe.

    And, yes, the French jobless are militant – at least in comparison to apathetic Brits who seem only too happy to put up with any shit which is shovelled their way. But then wasn’t it Marx who stated the British were poor revolutionary material?


    February 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm

  3. Universal Jobmatch made mandatory, from Monday 4th March 2013?

    Posted on February 26, 2013 by http://www.consent.me.uk Following blog post via @Unity_MoT and PCS Tweet:

    @refuted @unity_mot Our information is that DWP are changing policy so using UJ can be made mandatory from next Monday (4 March) >>>— PCS Union (@pcs_union) February 26, 2013

    Looks like DWP scheduled maintenance is to make changes to make it mandatory from Monday March 4th 2013, most probably by Jobcentre Advisers issuing a Jobseeker’s Direction.


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 26, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    • The DWP has finally supplied all versions of its Universal Jobmatch FAQs in response to a Freedom of Information request made by Frank Zola on 12 November 2012. And there it is, in the Jobseeker FAQs published on 08 August 2012 (FAQs for CRGS 080812.pdf):

      “Q13. Will claims to benefit be affected by the service?
      No, this is a job posting and matching service, which is open to everyone, not just benefit claimants and is not connected to any claims.”

      By the next version of the Jobseeker FAQs, it was gone…


      Poor. Old. Tired. Horse

      February 26, 2013 at 11:34 pm

  4. Searches Made On Universal Jobmatch:

    entered: (Job:) prostitute
    UJM: We’re sorry, but we couldn’t find any jobs that match your criteria.
    For better results, try broadening your search.

    entered: sex worker
    [UJM instantly converted this to ‘Seamstress’. An oldfashioned euphemism for Female Prostitute. As in the Discworld books by Pratchett: a search of the red light district revealed 497 women who gave their occupation as Seamstress. And two needles.]

    entered: toilet [9 jobs by UJM]
    entered: ninja [1 job by UJM] – Sales Ninja Account Manager!

    Other terms searched for: masturbator, onanist, wanker, tosser, knob polisher, liar, traitor
    (skill: betray), politician [no job vacancies in UK; but it is on the list of real jobs], Jimmy Savile lookalike, Rail Replacement Pope, exorcist, psychic octopus, gunpowder barrel initiation technician, chocolate teapot, berserker, zombie, stamp licker, bin weevil, village idiot [position already filled by B. Johnson], heroin dealer, carjacker, mugger, ramraider, crystal meth factory technician, gluesniffer, pramface, mankini modeller, parliamentary demolition consultant, Royal Exploder [for what I mean please refer to ‘Utopia Limited’ by Gilbert and Sullivan; if you don’t have time: Tarara holds this position and it is his job to blow up the leader if he exceeds his powers], brewery pissup organiser, freegan, guerrilla gardener, terrorist teacosy crocheter, slave, workfare, asbestos sucker [sort of one job!],
    groom of the stool [Henry VIII had one. Man employed to hold the king’s shit as he shat, and then wipe his arse clean], shepherd of the royal anus [same job but in Ancient Egypt for the pharaohs], whipping boy [job already taken by N. Clegg], time travel consultant, teleport repairman, shark tamer, snowball juggler (Hell, or possibly Hull), mistress, WAG [came up with ‘HGV1 Wag And Drag RoRo Hook’, which sounds kind of kinky but is apparently something to do with lorries on ferries], hooker, cuckold, nebbish, wart inspector, witchfinder general, leper, beggar, highwayman, bush ranger, nightsoilman [emptied privies], indulgence seller [sold pieces of paper that will cut down your time in purgatory], relic trader
    [sold bones claimed to be those of saints], person to find cameron’s bum as he can’t, vibrator tester [UJM suggested: Vicar], childcatcher, flagellant, stripper [lots of unrelated jobs], satanist priest, couch surfer, armchair skiier, beanbag lawyer, idleness consultant,
    dogfucker, professional serial bigamist, fraudster [you CAN get a job title of Fraud, or Director of Fraud!], vital status reverser [assassin], assistant devil, cult leader, skip-dwelling hobo, fart counter, sperm taster [UJM suggested: Special Collections Librarian, which made me remember the Vatican’s room of all the rudest, most banned art.]
    Your search criteria:

    Title: mythical job you keep telling me is just around the corner
    Your search criteria:

    Title: prime minister
    Skill: Fuck Things Up
    Location of job:
    Mordor, Hell, Squornshellous Zeta, Eroticon Five, Kronos [Klingon homeworld], your mum’s bed [“I can do this job but I have to wear a blindfold and imagine she’s your dad”]
    None/Nun [1066 joke]; turning the head purple through the power of prayer [Python joke];
    “Dunno”; dragon-snogging; sleeping; watching jeremy kyle; painting nails; ‘masters degree in astrophysics but you call that irrelevant and are going to send me to stack shelves or mend roads anyway’; “blowjobs”; theft, assassination and espionage;
    I once found a carrot that looks like Jesus or possibly David Beckham, and it plays better football; changing the battery in the remote control; opening a can of beans; “I can move one eye and am blinking this message one letter at a time by morse code. The rest of me does not move as I am completely paralysed. However you in your infinite wisdom have assessed me as being fit to work and have told me to apply for jobs including hod carrier and ditch digger.”
    Distance to work:
    Oh as far as possible please, I am either a masochist, insane, no sense of proportion, a helicopter owner, or a member of the cabinet

    something survived...

    February 26, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    • Brilliant! Thanks.


      February 26, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    • entered: sex worker
      [UJM instantly converted this to ‘Seamstress’. An oldfashioned euphemism for Female Prostitute. As in the Discworld books by Pratchett: a search of the red light district revealed 497 women who gave their occupation as Seamstress. And two needles.]

      Are you sure it didn’t say ‘REAMSTRESS’

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      February 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm

      • The worst thing I ever heard concerns DHSS ‘workers’ , whenever the case-worker feels the sudden urge, DHSS workers are allowed (and actively encouraged) to stop all payments (mainly to young blokes), Apparently, Ian Duncan-Smith feels that it is actually quite alright to act in such a way towards dole applicants (on the grounds they’re lazy bast ards who have not tried to find work). I only recently discovered that somtimes (often) DHSS cretins arbitrarily stop an applicants payments for as long as SIX MONTHS, which seems an inordinately long time. Some of these young blokes have families, little babies and ‘wives’. It is time to shed a huge PUBLIC searchlight on the actions of DHSS workers withdrawing money from virtually pennyless claimants,thus making them destitute, (and altering the unemployment figures in one swift move). It can’t be right. There are no jobs, there are no jobs.Cheap working immigrants fill every vacancy just as soon as the advertizment appears. How many young blokes and their families went cold and hungry this Christmas? And which one wouldn’t prefer to be employed? There’s little chance for British workers to find employment, since the government have given all jobs away to foreigners and we are unwillingly casting aside British workers. Leaving at least ten years of young workers on the slag heap. When are these gestapo type actions going to stop?No one stops Cameron, or Ian Duncan-Smith’s money, although it should be recognized that MP’s are nothing more than glorified dole claimants. For years now, our young blokes leave school and colleges knowing more about I.T., new technology workings and they would be quite valuable to different IT style companies. But ours don’t get the chance, no, not since Cameron constantly imports tens of thousands of ‘Indians’ to come here specifically to fill the IT jobs. Why?

        abbey lane

        February 27, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      • This seems to me extremely probable.

        Mind you when I left school I got sent by the Dole when I got my National Insurance Number, straight away to work in a plastic bag factory as a general labourer on the outskirts of Barnet, and that wasn’t exactly a dream job.

        Andrew Coates

        February 28, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      • Have you anything advertized re- whipping the arse off of MPs?

        abbey lane

        February 27, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      • Yeah, and now it is getting to the stage where we are being treated by shit by immigrants. My wife’s working day is being made a misery by a Polish bitch of a boss. What has this country come to, I ask you.


        February 28, 2013 at 12:18 am

  5. Why don’t you have any jobs listed similar to the ATOS positions, (psudo medical posts) I hear it’s VERY GOOD pay, but I think they only want foriegners?

    abbey lane

    February 27, 2013 at 3:07 am

  6. Activists are intimidating charities into quitting work scheme, says DWP.


    Well here’s one for you Iain Duncan Smith:

    DWP intimidate and persicute anyone on any benefit via dodgy ATOS assessment’s, Universal Jobmatch, The Work Programme, Mandatory Work Activity – sound familiar IDS – look at yourself before you start accusing others – you stop and we’ll stop.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    February 27, 2013 at 6:20 pm

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