Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Hats off the UJM Activists!

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The Guardian reports (Hat-tipObi Wan Kenobi)

A group of techno-activists have devised a way of sending CVs to multiple employers on the government’s official jobseekers’ site, in protest at poor-quality adverts and “the drudgery of work”.

Developed by “a loose collective of people who identify as anarchists and work in the tech industry”, the Universal Automation plugin, which was added to the Chrome web store in early December, mimics the action of a real-life jobseeker. After the user searches for a job, with one click, the plugin automatically sends a CV to every position advertised on the first page of the results.

NOTE: HERE IS THE MAGIC LINK FOR YOU TO USE (??? – probably thwarted by now).

“I’m sure you applied for jobs on the internet before and you know it’s the most tedious thing to do,” said one of the developers, who has asked to remain anonymous. “Most of time you’re just sending the CV to as many places as you can and hoping that you’ll get a response.

“With Universal Jobmatch it’s even worse,” the activist told the Guardian. “The majority of postings on the site are spam. If they are not outright attempts at identity theft, a lot of them (and I mean a lot, I would say up to 90% on some queries) are third-party posts which are automatically reposted on the site and link to their websites.

“Now people who use Universal Jobmatch do so because they are forced to do so and they’re also forced to apply to jobs posted directly on it, so that they can be monitored by job centres.”

More broadly, however, the collective is aiming to highlight the drudgery of work in general.

The Universal Job Match site is a disgrace: hard to us, ugly, and useless.

Hats off to the Techo-activists!


Written by Andrew Coates

December 8, 2013 at 11:39 am

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  1. Link still works, spread the word 🙂


    December 8, 2013 at 12:52 pm

  2. The question is, how many applications that get submitted actually reach someone on the other end?

    I’ve noticed that the JC can see when you log in, what you’ve looked at and when you’ve clicked the back button. Yet when you apply for anything it doesn’t always log the action. I’ve taken to searching without logging in now rather than arguing the toss as they always question why I’ve looked and not applied.


    December 8, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    • Don’ worry about the Jobcentre. As long as the post code you put in exists, you can open an account as Iain Duncan Smith or Esther McVey.

      Can you use this plug-in with Firefox?

      jj joop

      December 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm

      • Like it 🙂


        December 8, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      • I was invited to play Bin Weevils. I played for a while and the name of my bin weevil was Theresa May. I thought it appropriate…

        something survived...

        December 9, 2013 at 5:57 pm

  3. Why not extension for Firefox? 😦


    December 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm

  4. The Observer’s Nick Cohen lays into Iain Duncan Smith:

    “With a shabbiness entirely in keeping with the work and pension secretary’s low character, he sneaked out the admission that he would fail to hit the 2017 deadline for the introduction of his universal credit when no one was looking.”



    December 8, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    • An excellent article.

      We would put it more simply: why doesn’t IDS just fuck off and die!

      Andrew Coates

      December 9, 2013 at 11:04 am

  5. I’m on JSA but I don’t use the Universal website at all. I’ve created a profile, but it locked me out & wouldn’t accept my details, possibly hacked, so opened another one but don’t use it, and I haven’t granted permission for DWP to view it. I use CV Library for Jobsearch, and either print out the list of Applications or print the email confirmations as evidence. No problem. My Jobcentre are thus far satisfied and no threats or sanctions have been issued.

    Landless Peasant

    December 8, 2013 at 10:53 pm

  6. The Venue – ‘Westminister’

    The Date – ‘Today’

    The Time – ‘4:30pm’

    Welcome to the ‘Roast’ of Iain Duncan Smith MP (Loser) – Live on Sky News.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm

  7. Obi if you need recipes check out Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, you need a spit and a fire and a pig (IDS or Pickles), for roast pig on a spit.

    something survived...

    December 9, 2013 at 5:59 pm

  8. JBS :
    The Observer’s Nick Cohen lays into Iain Duncan Smith:
    “With a shabbiness entirely in keeping with the work and pension secretary’s low character, he sneaked out the admission that he would fail to hit the 2017 deadline for the introduction of his universal credit when no one was looking.”


    The tories are planning to strip benefits from the disabled through dla to pip changes and give it instead to private companies.



    December 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

  9. I am very against this. It seems clever…. Indeed it is, although claimants being forced to use the poor website is significant… the other aspect is the number of FAKE job positions/job adverts.

    Why on earth would someone want to submit their CV to every data harvesting thief?

    Make sure you replace your full name with a shorter alias, remove your address, remove your NI if you have it on your CV, and remove your home/mobile phone numbers… will prevent you getting phone calls trying to steal money from you etc.

    Universal Jobmatch

    December 9, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    • It should be common knowledge now that you DONT put your full name, home address and phone number online, yet still millions do it everyday without a seconds thought.

      Claimants NEED to realise that not only is it a logical and sensible thing to do but ALSO a RIGHT UNDER LAW, namely the data protection act.

      Under this act the data holder ( a member of the public who the information pertains to ) has a right to restrict their personal and sensitive data.

      So under this law remove and replace you CV with a more security savvy one.

      1: Use only your FIRST NAME REMOVING your SURNAME
      2: Use only the city or county YOU LIVE IN REMOVING your house number, street name and post code
      4: (Optional) REMOVE ALL COMAPNY NAMES of places you WORKED at.

      If you have put this data in your PROFILE then write in to cancel this account by following advice given on UJs website. THEN OPEN a NEW ACCOUNT.

      It maybe the case that you cant leave the area blank, if so place fake details you can remember. Please bare in mind while doing so that some of these details are used in the search results that produce SUGGESTED VACANCIES LIKE AREA and CHOSEN TRADE/AREA OF WORK (or words to that effect) so if you put for instance Manchester when you live in Bolton and spaceman in trade then the system will look for spaceman vacancies in and around Manchester. THIS IS NOT THE ONLY THING USED TO GENERATE SUGGESTED VACANCIES, YOUR SEARCH RESULTS AND APPLICATIONS ADD MOST OF IT.


      If the job supplies a phone number and or email then use that rather than apply through UJ (ie if email, use your email account instead), then if using UJ printouts place the details in the section left for you to make notes in. A BETTER APPROACH is to write this down and present it as written evidence instead.

      If the advertised job shows a link, cut and paste that link to your browsers URL (top left box with HTTP in it) and go to the site itself noting (very important, UJs JOB ID NUMBER for your DWP jobsearch evidence) DETAILS before applying through the website it actually came from like monster.com for instance.

      Other things can be done but a lot of claimants don’t have access to their own PC and internet so the advice above will HELP PROTECT THEIR PRIVACY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY THEIR DATA IN FULL ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAW.


      December 10, 2013 at 9:56 am

  10. IDS and his cronies have admitted in front of the Public Accounts Committee that they think it is alright to ‘waste’ £40 Million of tax payers money on machine code which is now ‘Unusable’ that was mean’t for the Universal Credit I.T. systems.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 9, 2013 at 8:02 pm

  11. Steve Bell on Iain Duncan Smith’s questioning by MPs – cartoon.


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 9, 2013 at 8:34 pm

  12. Here are some interesting excerpts from a report in The Guardian:

    “It is your job to make the claimant’s life difficult.” It creates a target culture”.

    “senior [Jobcentre] managers electronically altered a claimant’s file to make it appear they had been told to attend the job centre the following day when no such notification had been given”.

    Report here:


    I wonder how even IDS will lie his way out of that one?


    December 10, 2013 at 9:31 am

  13. And for those who still deny the targets culture in Jobcentres, read this here:



    December 10, 2013 at 9:36 am

    • Now that’s a lovely gem their Tobanem

      Hope you’ve already posted out copies and or links to the media as its time to test which side their really on.

      Theirs nodoubting that government (even shadow) are hell bent to punish the poor and unfortunate while the public DONT WATCH ON, this is no more a world war 2 story of hitlers relentless ways but one of witch hunting as villagers sell out neighbours so as to protect their own weak and tainted skins.


      December 10, 2013 at 10:23 am

    • Jesus Christ – this is pure gold, well done Tobanem, me thinks Ruth King won’t have her job much longer. (Ruth King – Advser Manager DWP Wathamstow Jobcentre Plus 7-13 Westbury Road Walthanstow E17 6RH. Phone 020 8210 3102)

      If anyone would like to foreward this letter to Iain Duncan Smith MP via Caxton House London or the newspapers and tv news media, please feel free.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      December 10, 2013 at 11:08 am

  14. Had a look at the Daily Heil today. The DWP are quoted as saying that the current IT problems with UC should be ignored because of the £38 billion it “could” save the taxpayer.

    “Could” being the operative word. Another projection I suppose. What kind of world do these people live in?

    jj joop

    December 10, 2013 at 10:27 am

    • Incidentally, it was in the form of a small article at the bottom of page 2. If it had been Labour who screwed up, it would have been front page news.

      jj joop

      December 10, 2013 at 10:47 am

  15. Just seen this on the DWP FOI request webpage. Does anyone know anything about it? It would appear that the Jobcentre may be scrapping the Job Points.


    jj joop

    December 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

    • Certainly nobody seems to use the computer terminals in Ipswich Job Centre.

      Andrew Coates

      December 10, 2013 at 1:07 pm

  16. Iain Duncan Smith confronts claims DWP staff given targets to stop benefits.

    An anonymous whistleblower, a former job centre worker who was employed in the Greater Manchester area, told local Labour MP Debbie Abrahams and the Guardian that on one occasion the entire staff at a job centre were warned they would be disciplined unless they increased the number of claimants coming off the register, or raised the number threatened with the loss of their benefit entitlement.

    “But the truth is that benefit claimants are being deliberately set up to fail in order to achieve sanction quotas without regard for natural justice or their welfare. Staff are being asked to behave in a manner that is against the department’s values of integrity and honesty.”


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 10, 2013 at 10:46 am

  17. So how is everyone getting on with the new app, is it helping and if so, how many jobs do you post now ?

    Its better to have this discussion now rather than having NO ANSWERS when infront of your advisor who will get wind of this before the week is out and set about a strategy in the hope of foiling claimants taking the easy route of YES YOU GUESSED IT, LAW OF AVERAGES.

    Having experience with programs rather similar to this pluggin MUST AIR it wasn’t all plain sailing in the beginning and even now still posts some jobs (dew to wording used in ad) that could be deemed as NOT COUNTING TOWARDS DWP jobsearch evidence like a vacancy for a doctor for example when im not, nor hold the required under law qualification (remember post regarding types of jobs requiring qualifications under law and those that dont).



    December 10, 2013 at 11:03 am

  18. Today – BBC Parliament Channel.

    Rachel Reeves MP, is to ask an Urgent Question at 12.30pm on Tuesday 10 December 2013 in the House of Commons, on the future plans for the delivery of Universal Credit.


    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm

  19. IDS getting a right pasting from Labour MP’s over UC in the House of Commons.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm

  20. IDS has just referred to everyone on benefits as ‘STOCK’

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    December 10, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    • Almost makes one feel like a concentration camp inmate waiting to be carted off to the jolly old gas chamber, what!

      jj joop

      December 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      • Message to Duncan Smith:

        I AM NOT STOCK; I AM A MAN!!! Do you hear me, you fucking c*nt?

        jj joop

        December 10, 2013 at 1:36 pm

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