Day 1: Take Online Action Against The Workfare Conference Monday 2nd December

sanction-sabsOn Monday 2nd December the welfare-to-work industry will be splashing out yet more tax payers’ money on their annual workfare conference in a plush Central London venue.

Workfare exploiters like the Shaw Trust and the Salvation Army will be gathering to discuss how to further profit from the huge increase in unpaid work. From April next year hundreds of thousands of unemployed people will be forced to work for free for six months or face losing benefits completely. The cost of this scheme is estimated to be £300 million. Most of this cash will end up lining the pockets of the welfare-to-work sector – companies like A4E, G4S, Ingeus and Serco who specialise in forcing people to work without pay.

Many of these companies will be present at Monday’s conference where tickets cost up to a whopping £534 in some cases. Claimants are clearly not welcome at the conference unlike Employment Minister Esther McVey and Matthew Sinclair from hard right think tank the Tax Payer’s Alliance who will both be giving speeches at the event. The Tax Payer’s Alliance recently released a report calling for permanent workfare for those out of work even if this is due to sickness or disability.

The conference is being organised by ERSA, the trade body established to represent the welfare-to-work racket along with the Centre for Social Inclusion (CESI).

Boycott Workfare will be holding a noise demo outside the conference from 12.30pm as part of the Week of Action Against Workfare and Sanctions . A day of online protest has been called targeting the sponsors of the event who hope to gain some positive publicity from being associated with this workfare love-in. Contact them on social media and let’s make sure that doesn’t work out quite in the way they hoped as they are named and shamed for their support of forced work.

Delegates at Monday’s conference will be tweeting using the hashtag #ERSA2013 so add this to all tweets. Don’t forget to tweet conference organisers ERSA and CESI themselves: @ersa_news  @InclusionCESI

Sponsors of the conference include:

Learn Direct, who can be found at:  @learndirect

https://www.facebook.com/learndirect

Work Programme providers the Shaw Trust are at: @Shaw_Trust

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shaw-Trust/221553131217597

Training charity Catch 22 who recently advised the Department for Education that the new unpaid Traineeships Work placements should be shown “to provide a commercial advantage to employers” can be found at: @Catch22charity

https://en-gb.facebook.com/Catch22charity

Spirit Resourcing are sponsoring the delegate packs: @HelloSpirit https://www.facebook.com/spiritresourcing

pauline-pensWelfare-to-work recruitment agency R3 Welfare & Skills will be sponsoring the pens at the conference: @R3WelfareSkills
https://www.facebook.com/pages/R3-Welfare-Skills/475538409128072

Don’t forget to sign the petition calling for an end to all benefit sanctions without exceptions.

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31 responses to “Day 1: Take Online Action Against The Workfare Conference Monday 2nd December

  1. More excellent information and advice. Thank you – it’s about time they were held to account and made to realise just how unpopular this system of forced labour is.

  2. Is this plush central London venue soundproof because the noise will only be turned around to “look how the unemployed are cheering us on”.
    It is MP’s and parliament that should be targetted most the ones who made the policies and employed the poverty pimps.

  3. It’s about time some of the faceless bastards that work behind the scenes of the DWP, and broke ranks to show they have some sympathy for the people they are sending to their graves……..

    Nothing is so easy as pretending you don’t know what’s happening.

    Cowardice, while others are subjected to pure evil, is akin to witnessing a murder and failing to come forward with evidence to nail the perpetrator……….

    Most of the DWP staff are part of a union, Unions were structured to help others from the wrath of unpleasant employers by combining their unified strengths and speaking as one……………

    The word YELLOW comes to mind, cowering behind their desks as the letters of social hate spew forth into the arms of the most vulnerable……

    The question of MAN or MOUSE seems totally appropriate.

    “WILL YOU SIT BACK AND WATCH YOUR MASTERS DESTROY THE LIVES OF INNOCENT VICTIMS, KNOWING YOU ARE PART OF THE MECHANISM THAT ENABLES IT?”

    or will you cower in fear of what might be said by a bullying boss?

    “WAS TAKING LIVES PART OF THE REMIT OF YOUR EMPLOYMENT?”

    FOR CHRIST’S SAKE, START TO REALISE WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

    IT’S NO GOOD GIVING EVIDENCE AT AN INQUEST, IF YOU WERE IN A POSITION TO STOP IT BEFORE IT HAPPENED.

    “Let your consciences be your guiding light”………………..

  4. OT.

    “The council tax benefit cuts are part of the government’s Welfare Reform Act 2012, which is being promoted as a way to create a culture of work, rather than a “culture of welfare”.

    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2013/12/02/arre-d02.html

  5. How can you have a culture of work when there are no jobs partly because of workfare and unpaid labour

    Geoff those working in job centres are interviewed before they are employed, so they know what they are employed for and are usually in agreement with dwp policies, so have no qualms about carrying them out.
    It is not cowardice that they do but their acceptance that what they are doing is right. It will take a human rights court to change their minds.

  6. Sanctions Must DIE!!

    SMASH SANCTIONS!!

  7. Just found out about this- workfare ‘providers’ new Youtube channel, currently accepting comments. Counteract this propaganda and let them know what you think! http://www.youtube.com/user/w2wstories?desktop_uri=%2Fuser%2Fw2wstories&app=desktop

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  9. something survived...

    For non-vegetarians…

    ‘Feed your family for the winter! All you need is an electricity supply, a chest freezer or two, and a chainsaw. A winter of useful austerity recipes can be had. Once you have this equipment, next obtain your main ingredient: 1 Eric Pickles. Will feed a family of four for quite some time. If you can’t get it, try and get Boris Johnson instead (hair makes useful pet bedding as well).’

    DIG FOR VICTORY
    (inedible substances like IDS and Tebbit can be buried in graves in the back garden or under the patio. Toxic and radioactive waste like Esther McVey or Grant Shapps or Michael Gove, should be covered in thick layers of lead and concrete first, as it has a halflife of around 500 years.)

    KEEP BRITAIN TIDY – BURY A TORY

  10. JEREMY HUNT HAS TWICE BEEN TOLD THAT HIS ATTEMPTS TO CLOSE LEWISHAM HOSPITALS A & E, WAS ILLEGAL.

    NOT HAPPY WITH THIS, HE IS NOW TRYING TO CIRCUMVENT OPINION BY GRANTING HIMSELF THE POWER TO DO IT ALONE.

    BLOCK HIS ATTEMPT TO CHANGE THE LAW BY ADDING YOUR OUTRAGE TO THIS MOVE……….

    PLEASE SIGN THE 38 DEGREES PETITION AND SEND THIS ARSEHOLE TO HISTORY.

    https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/nhs-section-75#petition

  11. poverty the new incentive….malnourishment ,”superb. fantastic, awesome opportunity driver” the poor are commodified into an outcome,for greedy/bully others…”can’t abandon them to a world of worklessness and poverty”..then press for an end to sanctions, an increase in benefits and to create more jobs…these schemes have decades of proven failure statistics behind them, and do not work under any circumstances….they are paid vast sums of money to de-exist claims..sort of insurance company loss adjusters…every thing they do can be/is expressible in accountancy terms…their true agenda is of managed decline…

  12. ERSA Conference, eh? What stink of hypocrisy.

    Association of Repugnant Shitty Exploiters, more like. Yes, I do mean ARSE.

  13. something survived

    So ids and tebbit are not toxic?

  14. Get on twitter if you can’t make any demo.

    https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ERSA2013&src=hash

  15. a comment from the enlightened @ersa2013… “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about”. Oscar Wilde…i expect stalin et al were also heard to quote oscar wilde as well…context my man!

  16. Boy do I hate workfare – I’m sanctioned for 6 months now so I will say what I want about IDS and these scummy leeches that suck the blood out of the poor. I’ve said what I think on twitter #ERSA2103

  17. That fucking bitch Ester McVey is cruising for a bruising – she made the wrong choice to become IDS’s new henchman. Wicked bitch.

    • “intergenerational worklessness”, as one rude @ersa2013 “delegate” put it, is caused by intergeneratioanl lack of work, and intergenerational idealogical destruction of industry over the last 30+yrs, not by the unemployed nor sick and disabled, people who basically lack the energy and resources, that the rich have in abundance ….a forced “job” without pay, will not solve this, drives up poverty, unemployment, destroys self esteem, at the same time as driving wages downwards….

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  19. Thought i would give you an update of my condition since the joint theft of my subsistence by EMMA BRODRICK, a lying HCP, working for ATOS, and CHARLOTTE TRUSLER of Blackpool DWP

    BRODRICK’S lies took away my Incapacity Benefit and TRUSLER’S, my Disability Living Allowance……………………

    Notwithstanding, the government keep telling claimants that £71.20 is the amount of money needed to live on, yet i do not even receive this and was declared disabled for life after an accident at work…………….

    My hands are riddled with rheumatoid arthritis and i have problems wiping my backside. I wear disposable pads that hide the fact i cannot hold my bladder sometimes when rising from a sitting position.
    I purchase the pads and any medication i need from my own pocket, finding it cheaper than expensive prescriptions.

    Since my DLA has been stopped i cannot afford these “luxuries”, and have been stuffing old newspapers down the front of my pants.
    As a result of this i have become sore and developed thrush around my genitals. The tops of my legs have become red raw and a sickly sweet smell is evident.
    Behind my foreskin is also red raw and i am discharging liquid. When i urinate i get a burning sensation in my penis.
    I am not sure if the infection on my genitals is connected to having an ability to wipe my bottom properly, it could be a cross contamination of some kind.

    i have developed bad gumboils in my mouth. I am not sure if it is to do with my genital infection or eating bad foods.
    There are many fantastic adverts on our tv sets showing the finest of christmas cuisine, but this is a luxury that me and my family will never be able to afford. Todays menu will be the same as yesterday, an onion ring sandwich, and out of date at that…………………….
    The physical abuse that is being directed at persons with a handicap is no joke. The biggest perpetrators are our own DWP. It seems to have developed into a national sport where the criteria seems to include, who can do the most evil to someone in dire circumstances.

    No doubt there will be people just waiting to ridicule what i write, these are the people who sit back and poke fun at those in the weakest position, those not able to fight back.

    Please feel free to ridicule, as it is you, and not i, who needs help badly. You have succumbed to the lowest base possible……………………….

    “THE TRUTH HURTS THOSE WHO TRY TO CONTAIN IT”

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