Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Biting Back Against ‘Help to Work’ Unpaid Labour.

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Iain Duncan Smith’s ‘chain-gang scheme’ says Daily Record.

We now know 4 of the 6 companies who will be profiting from unpaid labour under the Help to Work scheme: G4S, Seetec, Interserve and Pertemps. 

The Void observes,

G4s will operate the flagship contract to provide Community Work Placements in six regions.  This is despite the fact that up until recently they were  banned from carrying out new public sector contracts due to concerns about fraud.  The company are currently under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office after over-charging huge sums on their electronic tagging contract.  Other companies with their snouts in the workfare trough include Pertemps, Seetec and Interserve.

We await news of the other 2 companies and a list of the scabs in the ‘voluntary’ sector hoping to make money out of forcing people to work for nothing.

How should we react?

First of all by making our opinions known, above all to the touts running the Community Work Programme.

Next, by making it as difficult as possible for them to run their little money-earner.

Finally, by getting as many bodies, charities, local government, companies, as possible to boycott the scheme.

How are the media reacting?

We can expect little from the mainstream television: the BBC is frightened of the Cabinet, and anxious to present ‘balance’.

The far-right press loves the idea of us cleaning the streets with our toothbrushes.

But not everybody is the same.

The Scottish Daily Record says this,

THERE is nothing wrong in principle with expecting people who have been out of work for long periods to undertake work experience or a more intensive search for a job.

But two things have to be in place for such a scheme to succeed – real work experience placements which are more than just slave labour and real jobs at the end of the process.

The Help to Work scheme, which came into place yesterday, offers neither.

Instead of offering real opportunities to people worn down by no work, it will belittle and stigmatise people by forcing them to carry out menial tasks.

This is a case of punishment for being on the dole – meted out by trust-fund Tories who have no idea what it is like to actually have to look for work.

Participation in these “chain-gang” schemes does nothing to improve people’s chance of getting work after six months – as the Government’s own studies have shown.

In fact, there’s every possibility that being sent on one of these schemes could make it harder to find real work at the end if employers end up discriminating against the people who have been sent on them.

Real work placements, paying real money at the minimum wage level, and guaranteed work for the long-term unemployed along with training … now that does produce results. How do we know? Because it was called the Future Jobs Fund under Labour.

Then the Coalition Government scrapped it for this punitive, menial, work-for-dole scheme that denigrates benefit claimants.

It ignores entirely the fact that many of those currently on the dole have paid decades of National Insurance contributions and are therefore perfectly entitled to the state’s help when they need it.

Attacking the jobless for the “crime” of being unemployed is exactly what we’ve come to expect from the Tories.

But the question, as ever, is: “Why are the Lib Dems – the party of David Lloyd George, who helped pave the way for the Welfare State – helping them do it?”

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  1. 4 of the 6 providers of Help to Work… Is that Pertemps as in the recruitment agency? If so they will have a field day being the greedy b*st*rds that they are.

    They pay the bare minimum wage for their agency employees now, so how many of those will be laid off and replaced with slave labour while they coin in £10p/h plus to provide workers for their clients?

    This government seems intent on decreasing the unemployment figures by an increase in poverty. How are any of us to escape this trap?

    Chris

    April 29, 2014 at 11:14 am

  2. ‘Help to Work’ – A video from the ‘Taxi Driver’ telling it how it actually is.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 29, 2014 at 11:44 am

  3. So if this stupid ‘Help to Work’ programme does take off, the only people who will be out and about during the daytime will be the pensioners – let’s see how that impacts on businesses.

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 29, 2014 at 12:02 pm

  4. JJ Joop:

    You asked who would be running the ‘Back to Work Programme’

    G4S, Seetec, Interserve and Pertemps – plus two others (don’t know who they are yet)

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    April 29, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    • Thanks for that.

      Hmm…This should be interesting though. Seetec parked me for two years. I came into their office every fortnight for two hours to do a job search, and that was it. Had several different advisers. For three months, no adviser at all. And as for my last interview (exit interview), two days before my finish date – the adviser was a no-show. No explanation; nothing!

      I understand my experience is fairly typical.

      Incidentally, they had difficulty finding four week placements for their clients. Fuck knows how they’ll persuade anyone to take someone on for six months.

      jj joop

      April 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm

  5. If I had to bet, I’d go for Ingenoramous as being one of the other 2 companies.

    Another Fine mess

    April 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    • ANYBODY TRIED FOI OR WOULD THAT BE JUST TOO COMMERCIALLY SENSITIVE?

      JAMES

      April 29, 2014 at 12:35 pm

  6. THERE is nothing wrong in principle with expecting people who have been out of work for long periods to undertake work experience or a more intensive search for a job.

    It is when we are being openly abused and exploited.this racket lining the pockets of outfits like G4s,wheres the public outcry now about taxpayers money being wasted on these scroungers who take and don’t deliver.

    ken

    April 29, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    • If there is work to be done, it should attract the minimum wage. I’ve done 2 work trials, both voluntary to try and get alternative work experience to escape the work programme. I’ve been offered paid work on the back of them, albeit short term. In my experience the problem with doing this is the employer isn’t looking to recruit in the first place so they’ll agree to let you put in a fortnight a work (for gratis). Then at best you get a few weeks paid work until being laid off when their work dries up. As Ken said, it’s the employers who utilise long term free labour without the hope of a job at the end that I object to. I can’t see any difference between this and the Poundland/Tesco workfare apart from the name.

      On the other end of the scale are agencies – promise 6 months work, deliver 3 days. In both cases signing on is a nightmare of jumping through hoops and being messed about to get any money.

      Chris

      April 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    • THERE is nothing wrong in principle with expecting people who have been out of work for long periods to undertake work experience or a more intensive search for a job.

      They’re too poor to be able to go back and forth to work all week for nothing. How about giving them the work experience of actually being paid, even if it’s NMW.

      Another Fine mess

      April 29, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      • I think a lot of people still see the unemployed as ‘living the dream’. We appear to the Daily Heil readers as people who spend our lives getting out of bed around lunchtime, sitting in front of our big 50″ televisions watching cable all day and all without lifting a finger.

        I have a large TV and nice hifi system etc but I bought it when I was working. I’m sure I speak for the majority of claimants when I say that what we have isn’t life, it’s merely an existence. Things like buying a new pair of shoes for £30 even in Matalan take up almost 50% of your benefit without paying out for any bills or food, you can’t afford to go out and socialise so you become isolated from the outside world. It is hell.

        Things are slightly easier in the summer months when the heating and lighting can be switched off, but in winter it can be torture and with energy costs rising it’s getting harder.

        We all want and need to be able to earn a wage, not go out and graft all week to live in the same poverty we want to escape from while parasites rub their hands and cash in on our misfortunes.

        Chris

        April 29, 2014 at 2:15 pm

  7. Great video, he forgot to mention we have already worked for our benefits “NI insurance” paid it all my working life and now there are not enough jobs to go around I could be forced to work unpaid FOR FREE ! Can I have my money back please!

    Phil

    April 29, 2014 at 2:24 pm

  8. Anybody with any information yet about who’s got the contracts for Ipswich and Suffolk?

    Andrew Coates

    April 29, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    • ”FROM WHAT I’VE HEARD AT ANOTHER WPP” IT’S SEETEC

      CLOUD

      April 30, 2014 at 1:54 pm

  9. Copy & paste the link to conntact G4S

    http://www.g4s.com/en/Site%20Tools/Contact%20Form/

    Landless Peasant

    April 29, 2014 at 10:32 pm

  10. Andrew: I think your getting the dreaded Seetec. See CPA -1 East Of England: page 6
    http://www.boycottworkfare.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/community-work-placements-info-pack.pdf

    ECAP

    April 29, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    • I think you are probably correct. I was with Seetec Cambridge until last October and I’m in touch with a jobseeker who is till on the WP. He spoke to his adviser on Monday and Seetec are interviewing people right now for the contract. So it looks like it may already be in the bag for them.

      Incidentally, I wouldn’t describe Seetec as dreaded – they’re just fucking useless that’s all.

      jj joop

      April 30, 2014 at 6:55 am

      • They are more than useless, there are lots of people who say they were harassed and badly treated by them.

        Andrew Coates

        April 30, 2014 at 10:43 am

  11. From Another Planet:

    “POOR and jobless Scots are grateful when the Con-Dems punish them by cutting their benefits.”

    “My experience is that many benefit recipients welcome the jolt that the sanctions can give to them….it is the wake-up call they needed, and it helps them get back into work.”

    Report here:

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/poor-jobless-scots-welcome-having-3476777

    outraged

    April 30, 2014 at 8:47 am

    • Another overly lunched, pissed up grunt of a tory, marinated in booze getting a sexual thrill out of abuse of the poor.

      Ugh.

      Lucy

      April 30, 2014 at 9:44 am

  12. ACHTUNG BABIES!!!!!! Here is the Pimp List.

    Full list of Workfare Help to Work Prime Providers

    http://refuted.org.uk/2014/04/30/primeworkfareprovider/

    Andrew: Looks like you’re with the dreaded and fucking useless Seetec.

    jj joop

    April 30, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    • Better the Devil you know!

      jj joop

      April 30, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    • Well that list has gone down considerably from when the primes for the work progamme were announced back in 2011.

      Obi Wan Kenobi

      April 30, 2014 at 3:21 pm

  13. well i got seetec for my area but there is no office in the hole city atm so nothing will happen for months if at all.

    super ted

    April 30, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    • Seetec for me too. Never dealt with them before, either on the Work Programme or since. God knows how bad they’ll be on this Help to Work scheme.

      Samwise Gamgee

      April 30, 2014 at 6:03 pm

  14. Katie Hopkins has spoken out against people in long term unemployment, suggesting that they are issued with special ‘unemployed persons uniforms.’

    The former Apprentice contestant took to Twitter, writing: ‘Time we issued an unemployed persons uniform. Then they can turn up to the Job Centre feeling like they fit in *trots off to work on design*.’

    One of her followers retorted: ‘Aren’t you working today?’ whilst another fired back: ‘You stereotype everyone and it’s narrow minded and spiteful.’

    A couple of her followers appeared to agree with her, with one replying: ‘You can’t make the lazy unemployed leave their homes everyday, the local super booze will all go bankrupt! Think of the economy.’

    http://www.closeronline.co.uk/2014/04/katie-hopkins-it-s-time-we-issued-an-unemployed-person-s-uniform

    Andrew Coates

    April 30, 2014 at 3:37 pm

  15. The LIST is out!

    Another Fine mess

    April 30, 2014 at 5:47 pm

  16. I seem to be hearing/reading from people that ‘help to work’ is for people leaving the work programme from end of april onwards, and those who went into pwps prior to now, will avoid ‘help to work’. Is that right?

    Spoojer

    April 30, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    • I think we’ll have to wait for more reports. But it does look like an attempt to spread the hoards over a time. Back peddling already?

      Another Fine Mess

      May 1, 2014 at 11:59 am

  17. BOTHERABILITY

    Does the word “BOTHERABILITY” ring a bell?

    It has been said that the new Help to Work Scheme is intended to “frustrate” claimants off benefit.

    What was the term they used in the past? I think it was “botherability”?

    Nothing new under the sun after all then!

    Can anyone recall anything about “botherability”?

    Tobanem

    May 1, 2014 at 3:24 pm

  18. lovely G4S for me in ESA WRAG(may be fit for work sometime in the future allegedly) Wondering will the UN consider it breaches articles 4 ,22,23,24,25 of their declaration of human rights?

    david

    May 1, 2014 at 6:00 pm


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