So scared are the DWP that charities involved in workfare will have their reputations ruined beyond repair that they are refusing to name the sub-contractors running Community Work Placements.
70 organisations have been handed lucrative sub-contracts which will see tax payer’s money shovelled into their filthy pockets in return for forcing people to work without pay for six months. Anyone who refuses will face punishing benefit sanctions which are known to have driven people to ill health, suicidal behaviour and homelessness. Many of these contracts will be managed by G4S, who yesterday violently removed human rights protesters from their annual general meeting.
Astonishingly some of the organisations involved in the scheme call themselves charities. Like the worst kind of Ned Flanders fucking do-gooders, these nasty pieces of work have even decided that forcing people to work without pay under the threat of homelessness and destitution is ‘helping them’. And all the money they make will just mean they can carry out more of their wonderful work, and of course help keep charity manager’s salaries nice and high.
All of these charities need to be exposed so the public can decide for themselves what they think of their vile activities. The good news is that some of them are so fucking shameless that they have been bragging about their involvement with workfare.
@PaulHuxtable01 is the Development Officer of @West_Pathfinder and is currently singing the praises of forcing people to work without pay on twitter. Community Work Placements will help people with no experience they claim, ignoring that even people currently working part-time can be sent on the scheme. So can those who are already genuinely volunteering, meaning charities involved in workfare can now steal volunteers from other organisations too ethical to take part. They really are a bunch of scabs. Westward Pathfinder also have a facebook page if you want to make your views known.
@GroundworkUK have also said they will be involved in Community Work Placements. It is unclear whether they have a sub-contract or not but they have confirmed they are quite happy to force people to work for them on the scheme.
Another charity involved in Community Work Placements (spotted by @refuted) is Faith Regen who are on twitter @faithregen and have a facebook page, although they can’t be bothered to keep either updated. No doubt they’ll just get someone on workfare to do it, why pay people after all?
There should be no squeamishness about holding so-called charities to account for their involvement in forced labour. Community Work Placements are breath-takingly cruel and two pilot schemes have already shown that workfare does nothing to help people find work. This is about punishing unemployed people and making life so unbearable on benefits that people will accept almost any old shit in the workplace to avoid it. It is the workhouse updated and nothing else. Charities who are too stupid or greedy to realise this should be treated with the same contempt usually reserved for their new paymasters G4S and all the rest of the poverty profiteers with their snouts in the workfare trough.
To name and shame charities involved in forced labour visit: http://www.boycottworkfare.org/
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