Take Action! Challenge The TUC’s Support For Workfare: @PayRise4Britain Must Mean Wages For Everyone

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Challenge the TUC’s support for workfare, on the first day of online action for the Boycott Workfare week of action

On 1 August 2014, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) made a joint statement with Confederation of British Industries (CBI) to back Traineeships for 16-23 year olds and “show support” for the businesses that benefit from the unpaid labour on this scheme.

Traineeships involve training and “work placements” for up to six months – all unpaid. The TUC’s Assistant General Secretary Paul Nowak hails Traineeships as “an important first step towards the world of work”. But in giving a green light to a new layer of unpaid work in the economy, the TUC is in fact helping to shrink opportunities for young people, undermine the going rate, and replace paid work with workfare.

Traineeships mean that young people are now expected to work unpaid for six months before even qualifying for an interview for an apprenticeship. The lucky few who make it through the interview can look forward to a minimum wage of £2.73 an hour, as an apprentice.

TUC A5 Protest

If a young person does not take part in the training, they face punitive sanctions. The work placement segment itself may not be backed with the direct threat of sanctions, but, between the economic coercion of a jobs market with so few footholds and the draconian job centre regime, few people will feel able to turn them down.

Instead of demanding decent wages, the TUC is supporting McDonalds, Toyota, Virgin Media, BT, Vodafone, Phones4U, Siemens, Capita, local councils and many more being supplied with unpaid staff for up to 6 months on benefits alone, without any obligations to hire them!

The TUC plans to march behind the slogan “Britain needs a payrise” on 18 October. It seems to have chosen to ignore the millions of us who do not have paid work and instead face workfare and sanctions.

Today as Kilburn Unemployed Workers protest this shoddy deal outside the TUC HQ in London, please contact the TUC via the details below, or through your union networks.  

When challenging their support for Traineeships, you might also like to point out that:

  • The TUC’s support for Labour’s Job Guarantee means undermining the going rate and minimum wage too.
  • The TUC’s support for benefit sanctions is totally unacceptable. It has recommended that ‘claimants who turn down a job guarantee job without good cause should face benefit sanctions’. Let the TUC know that punishing people by taking away their means to survival can never be okay.

Contact the Assistant General Secretary who issued the statement with CBI by email: pnowak@tuc.org.uk or send him a tweet: @nowak_paul

Tweet at Frances O’Grady, the General Secretary of the TUC: @FrancesOGrady 

Tweet at “Britain needs a Payrise” @PayRise4Britain or post on its Facebook

Post on the TUC’s Facebook page

Or get in touch with the TUC’s press officers who released the statement:

Rob Holdsworth    T: 020 7467 1372    M: 07717 531150     E: rholdsworth@tuc.org.uk
Tim Nichols   T: 020 7467 1337   M: 07876 452902   E: tnichols@tuc.org.uk

If you’re a member of a trade union, please download and adapt this motion to challenge the TUC’s support for sanctions and workfare.

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17 responses to “Take Action! Challenge The TUC’s Support For Workfare: @PayRise4Britain Must Mean Wages For Everyone

  1. How disappointing that the unions have sold out to the tories. A new union is called for- one that really stands up for workers’ rights and speaks out against exploitation!

  2. We Need Trade Unions to be Caring For the Poor Socialist and
    to Stand Up for the Underdog .

    We Need Trade Unions Devoted to Challenging the Greed and
    Selfishness of too Many Rich People the Greedy and Tyranny
    of Slave Driving Tinpot Tyrant Bosses and to Demand
    Welfare Provision in Event of Not having a Position of

    Decent People through Britain Need to Stand Up for
    a Great Britain where People have Human Dignity Not be Oppressed
    Slaves of Neo Liberalism

    A4e Sucks | October 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm | Reply How disappointing that the unions have sold out to the tories. A new union is called for- one that really stands up for workers’ rights and speaks out against exploitation!

  3. Landless Peasant

    And it’s not just young people that are being exploited in this way either. I know someone in his late 40’s with a bad leg who has been condemned to 6 months unpaid full-time work in a charity furniture warehouse belonging to Chas @ St. Vincent’s, a Catholic housing charidee.

  4. …………fancy having a name with the letters W A N K O in it……

    This about sums Nowak up, a complete wanker who has lost all direction for what purpose the T.U.C.was initially set up for.

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  6. The Right to Decent Wages for Workers to Decent Benefits
    to the Poor and Vulnerable and to be Treated with Human
    Dignity in both Cases Better than Degradation Destitution
    and Slave Labour Exploitation

    Socialism For Britain Not Slavery

    • overburdenddonkey

      then you’ll have to organize meetings and come up with ways of bringing socialism to the UK just as we have done and are STILL doing in scotland…
      #yesalliance #indyscot #the45 #hopeoverfear
      https://www.facebook.com/events/303779443153007/ WM politics and unions serve their own self interests…not the electorate nor members and certainly not the disenfranchised millions…we need to start afresh, and rediscover core socialism…the human right to vitality giving vitals of life for all, without fear or favour…human rights always must come from mass grassroots people’s movement…never again must we the people, be told what is good for us by capitalism…being told what is good for us by holders of capital and assets must be ended for once and for all…we must keep voting imperialists out, eroding their power, until they are all gone…then we must keep our power forever….scotland should have done this on the 18-9-14…we were constantly told that indy was irreversible which means that the NO vote is not…

  7. TUC = Truly Unadulterated Conservatives.

    Remember the non-support the TUC gave to the miners, they sold them out as well!.

  8. T.U.C = Trumped Up Conservaturds. LavaTory’s

  9. “The poorest regions of the UK are the poorest in Northern Europe”


  10. The Gulf between Rich and Poor is a Disgrace just like the
    I Am All Right Jack Attitude of too Many

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