In an astonishing slur on hundreds of thousands of unemployed, sick or disabled benefit claimants, welfare to work company G4S have claimed that most people on the Work Programme are not worth employing despite the huge subsidies on offer.
G4S are one of the biggest employers in the world with over 630,000 employees. As one of the UK’s largest Work Programme providers they are paid up to £13,000 for every benefit claimant they manage to find long term work.
Speaking to Channel 4’s Fact Check blog, Sean Williams, Managing Director of G4S Welfare to Work was questioned about whether the company employs Work Programme participants themselves, picking up a fat ‘job outcome’ fee in the process. The leading poverty pimp responded:
“I would be delighted if we managed to get a lot of job seekers into our own vacancies.”
He then conceded however that it was unlikely that G4S would offer anyone on the Work Programnme a job saying: “I would challenge the assumption that there are a lot of job seekers who are easy to help in this group that can just be creamed off.”
Channel 4 also questioned the company on whether Work Programme participants were likely to be given jobs on the bungled Olympics Security contract, something the company hotly denies.
According to G4S, just 35 people on the Work Programme have made it through the training to work on the Olympics. This is despite the thousands of jobs on offer and the apparent desperate shortage of security guards for the Olympics.
If G4S are not prepared to give people on the Work Programme a job, despite the potential tax payer funded £13,ooo incentive, then the question has to be asked why they expect anyone else to?
It is true as Channel 4 says that some people on the Work Programme have “complex problems”. Many in the Work Related Activity Group have physical disabilities or mental health conditions. G4S’s tacit admission that this group are unemployable merely reflects the startling prejudice amongst major employers towards people who are disabled or unwell.
Many more on the Work Programme have simply been unemployed for over 12 months, but it appears there is no room for this group in the company either. Once again this is hardly surprising. With competition for jobs at possibly an all time high, it is simply common sense that employers will seek to employ people with recent experience. That is the unfortunate nature of capitalism.
This flies in the face of bungling Employment Minister Chris Grayling and his inept boss Iain Duncan Smith repeated claims that unemployment is caused by the unemployed. The multi-billion pound Work Programme is based on the assumption that companies like G4S can ‘fix’ unemployment by ‘fixing’ unemployed people. It is now abundantly clear that one of the biggest contractors on the scheme does not share that view.
G4S also deny that anyone employed at the Olympics will be on workfare. Channel 4 fairly point out that, so far, there is no clear evidence that the company were ever planning to use workfare at the olympics. Once again however this begs the question why not? If workfare staff are good enough to protect the Queen and work in hospitals then why not at the Olympics?
Surely it’s not the fact that this toff Government are so embarrassed about mass forced labour that they are shy of any publicity that may come from workfare being used at the Olympics?
When the workfare row blew up earlier in the year Chris Grayling was gushing in his support for unpaid work, calling anyone opposed to the scheme ‘job snobs’. Now, with the eyes of the world on the UK, workfare appears to be a dirty little secret that must never be allowed to sully the sacred Olympics. It seems the real job snobs are those in charge of the whole shoddy workfare racket after all.
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