April 15 Is Workfare Day – A Chance To Tell The Truth About Benefit Sanctions And Forced Work #esday16

#esday16

Wave your hands in the air. Like a fucking idiot.

The welfare-to-work industry is planning a gushing celebration of forced work and benefit sanctions with the UK’s first Employability Day due to be held on April 15th.

According to ERSA, the trade body established to lie on behalf of companies running workfare and forced training schemes, this exciting day will offer a chance to show the impact of ’employment support’ in local communties.

Welfare to work companies are being encouraged to invite employers, MPs and other local agencies to their premises to show off all the wonderful support beig inflicted on unemployed and disabled people by companies like G4S, Atos and Maximus.  Perhaps they could also take them to a local foodbank and show them all the people who have had their benefits sanctioned for being late to a meeting with their so-called Work Coach or not turning up for workfare.  Or organise a tour of closed local libaries and other public services to show how funding has been much better spent forcing disabled people to endlessly attend CV workshops and recruiting young people to work in supermarkets without pay.

And it is funding that lies behind ERSA’s shabby promotional drive.  Be in no doubt, the welfare to work industry are collectively shitting themselves.  With George Osborne turning off the money tap and chaos at the Department of Work Pensions then for the first time in two decades the future of this sector does not look so rosy.  There has never been a better time to escalate the struggle against these parasites.

Luckily ERSA insist you do not have to be a member of their organisation to take part in Employability Day.  Just turn up, let yourselves in, bring a cake they seem to be saying.  Let’s not disappoint them.  Let’s fucking trash their workfare party.

Companies taking part in the day are using the hashtag #esday16.  ERSA have also produced a map of where events are taking place – although predictably, it doesn’t really work.    There will rarely be a better time to show the real impact that benefit sanctions and forced work have inflicted on our communities.  Be creative and spread the word.

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70 responses to “April 15 Is Workfare Day – A Chance To Tell The Truth About Benefit Sanctions And Forced Work #esday16

  1. Absolutely correct. These wretched profiteers have made millions from supervising the unemployed and enforcing the brutal sanctions regime. And millions more from their fees for arranging workfare placements. In my local area, Pinnacle People charging £600 for a 4 week charity shop placement under the now-defunct MWA scheme.

  2. To all of those who are attending, good luck and hope you all stick it to the tories, the new Nazi party, kick their arse!

    • captain-compost

      help, how can i turn the table on jobcentre ?? they referrerd me to cwp awhile ago (which i refused to attend)
      anyone got any advice ?? because they always ask if i have got placement (which is very awkward)
      should i just say i didnt attend induction ? help guys cheers

      • BOLLOCKS TO WORKFARE

        if they find out you didnt attend thats à sanction, but they can’t re-refer you as CWP ends after this March.

        • Yeah, like yesterday (31 March 2016) 🙂

        • captain-compost

          i had text message today from dwp it says we need to speak to u about ur benefit claim the info we need may affect your claim
          (does that mean im likely to be sanctioned)
          because it doesnt say there closing my claim any help would be great cheers

      • Sign on the sick and get it right up them.😀

        • captain-compost

          thanks to everyone who replied it has helped alot
          however if jobcentre find out i never attended will they close my claim or will i just get sanction ??
          cheers

          • BOLLOCKS TO SANCTIONS

            just a sanction, probably for 2 or 4 weeks if its your 1st offence. If so, ask to apply for Hardship, which you can do right away if you haveaan illness or kids. Otherwise you can apply after 3rd day of 2nd week of sanction unless theyve altered it. Also inform Housing Benefit so your rent still gets paid.

            • captain-compost

              thanks, i thought it was just sanction was just checking (atleast cwp and mwa referrals have ended)

      • Whilst I am a truthful person… and I would expect all others to be truthful too… I no longer have ANY respect for ANY Government department employing psychologically engineered BI tools against myself and others in their constant efforts to force “consenting” abrogation of OUR rights.

        THEIR deliberate Lies, Deceit and BI coercive threatening manipulative behavior towards us uppermost in my mind… dictates my response to your question. (Though I have never personally allowed myself to lie in response to their leading questions)

        I would suggest you take a leaf out of THEIR book. Tell them anything to force THEIR compliance. (They tell you you must not put the truth on your CV if you are ill or disabled or have reasonable personal restrictions/needs)… Treat them with the same disrespect and UTTER Contempt in any dealings or responses to their questions.

        Retain your social security.

        Don’t volunteer information to the effect you did not go… Go down to wherever it was… look in the door… say nowt walk away…

        If you are asked…
        Look whoever is asking if you went in the eye… You can tell them truthfully, you went. Change the subject.

        If pushed. You… have heard nothing more about it. Change the subject, attack them… for instance… what happened to this training program I’ve been asking about?

    • Some paper plates and a can of shaving cream to accompany you, so that you can splat pie/cake in their faces.

  3. In the Nazi Third Reich there was a Tag der Arbeit Day of Work

    Nazi Tory Britain Tag Der Sklaverei Day of Slavery

    No to Slavery and No to the UK being a Totalitarian Regime

  4. A NORTH Ayrshire Council scheme designed to help out people who are searching for work has been lambasted for fining people who attend it for as little as tutting or having their hands in their pockets.

    Today was day two of the course and we were informed of a “fine” system they have in place that is mandatory.

    “Now most of these fines are really cheap for things like hands in pockets etc… but checking your phone or having it go off outside of break time is an INSTANT £5 fine and if you don’t pay it on the spot you get kicked off the course….and since the Job Centre sent me there, getting kicked off the course is an instant sanction.

    http://www.ardrossanherald.com/news/14394887.Jobseekers_get_fined_for_tutting__swearing_and_not_wearing_a_name_badge/?ref=twtrec

    • Do you get fined if you have to go for a shit?

    • BOLLOCKS TO WORKFARE

      I dont think thats even legal.

    • I’d have deliberately ran up a couple of thousand worth on their list telling them as loudly and publicly as possible where they could stick their fines… WTF is wrong with people… show some backbone.

    • Tutor: Jobseeker, you weren’t paying attention. That’s a £5 fine.
      Jobseeker: Excuse me, I was
      Tutor: That’s is a £10 fine for backchat.
      Jobseeker: Er… hold on.
      Tutor: That’s a £20 fine for insolence…..

      This shit can’t be legal, surely. And where is the money from the ‘fines’ going to? The tutors piss-up fund?

      • Surely Geoege Orwell wrote this script?! Have the jcp- just discovered it in a cupboard aomewhere, dusted it off & begun using it as a ‘toolkit’/staff guidance …

        • Apologies – Ayrshire council, not jcp-, but once they heard of it, DWP would scuttle all over this brilliant & ‘foolproof’ money-making scheme – miffed they hadn’t thought of it first …

          * ‘interviews’/appointments already ‘edgy’ enough @jcp-.

        • Another Fine Recession

          If it was a 2 Ronnies sketch it would be hilarious.

      • Another Fine Recession

        Tutor: Jobseeker, you weren’t paying attention.
        Jobseeker: I can’t afford it.

    • I thought this must be a spoof, but it is being reported in Scottish press, (THE NATIONAL in particular). It is being investigated, and wouldn’t it be good if those who put this idea up, went to jail? For it is very illegal.
      It does, however, give an indication of how out of control these agencies have become, and how they feel they are above the Law. Well….they are trying it in the wrong part of the world!!!

      • 😀

        • Interesting stuff, and note the folks who got the obs would have been the easier ones to get the jobs. They also all appear to be under 25. And maybe the infamous” List of Faults”, is treating them accordingly. That is, being young, they can be treated like trash, and be programmed to accept it !!
          However, regardless of how many they get jobs or not, this List, would be illegal. Those who put it up should be made aware of that, even if it was meant as some kind of gimmick. But it goes to show what they think of folks, they even try this kind of thing.

          • paultheswineherd

            Gordon – that would be bad enough – but, they even got Cameron’s name incorrect at the end – they turned him into ‘Ryan’.
            What a bunch of tax-payer money grabbing ‘provider’ scheisters.
            I very much doubt that any of them would be getting any kind of ‘ongoing support’ after the course – and certainly not 2 years worth!
            Let’s hope that now these ‘programmes’ are coming to and end that they now go out of business.

  5. The Country Needs Big Anti Slavery Demonstrations from Lands End to
    John o Groats

    Somersetts Case in 1772 AD Banned Slavery in England and Wales

    The Slave Trade was Abolished in 1807 AD

    Slavery was Abolished in the British Empire in the 19th Century AD

    Slavery is incompatible with British Freedom and Liberty

    • Noop – and who is going to stage a big anti -slavery demonstration on behalf of the poor – certainly not the great British public, they’re to busy watching crappy soap operas and x factor – they couldn’t care less about us.

      • Very true that Marie, they’re a bunch of brain dead cretins. Saddest thing is a lot of them are on the breadline themselves and yet they still don’t recognize the enemy that is shitting all over them.

      • paultheswineherd

        Marie and Raining – You are both very right there. There was a time, say back in the 1980’s when British people would not put up with all of this – BUT, they seem to have become weaker and more feeble as the years have passed. And as you say, although many are in low paid jobs, or are on the poverty breadline, they believe everything that they are told to them both via the broadcast media and the right-wing press. Many of them are up their own backsides and just worrying about who’s won the latest ‘big match’ or who Phil Mitchell has been to bed with!
        What a bunch of semi-reality and sleepwalking fuckers!
        Until they wake up and finally smell the coffee, then nothing will change!

    • paultheswineherd

      sian – thanks for putting this on. Also good luck with the demonstration against Crabb tomorrow. Hope it all goes really well, that there is plenty of support and that he is given a day that he will really remember – only not for the good!🙂

  6. Nazi Britain No to Nazi Britain

    enigma | April 1, 2016 at 5:06 pm | Reply
    A NORTH Ayrshire Council scheme designed to help out people who are searching for work has been lambasted for fining people who attend it for as little as tutting or having their hands in their pockets.

    Today was day two of the course and we were informed of a “fine” system they have in place that is mandatory.

    “Now most of these fines are really cheap for things like hands in pockets etc… but checking your phone or having it go off outside of break time is an INSTANT £5 fine and if you don’t pay it on the spot you get kicked off the course….and since the Job Centre sent me there, getting kicked off the course is an instant sanction.

    http://www.ardrossanherald.com/news/14394887.Jobseekers_get_fined_for_tutting__swearing_and_not_wearing_a_name_badge/?ref=twtrec

  7. I Wish there were less Soap Opera Addict Zombies

    The Great British Public are a Dumbed Down Disgrace

    Marie | April 1, 2016 at 5:39 pm | Reply
    Noop – and who is going to stage a big anti -slavery demonstration on behalf of the poor – certainly not the great British public, they’re to busy watching crappy soap operas and x factor – they couldn’t care less about us.

  8. Germany was De Nazified after the End of the WW2

    The United Kingdom Needs to De Toryified De Austerityized as well
    as De Nazified

    Hopefully before 2020 AD

  9. Heard with Horror about Cruelty to Dog that Resulted in it Losing the
    Usage of it’s Back Legs and Sadly being Put Down

    The Monsters who Done it got a Suspended Sentence of 21 Weeks
    suspended for 2 Years

    An Insult to the Suffering of that Poor Animals

    There are too many Arseholes in this Country

  10. Wanna buy some shit?

  11. Santa Hates You

    Last week I visited my local Tory MP in his public office and complained (please note that I didn’t vote for the fucking Nazi or any of the other shitheads in the House of Commons) about workfare and the inhuman use of sanctions. After telling him what I thought about this subject and his government’s role in the evil Welfare Reform Act, his minders told me to leave the premises ASAP or they would call the police.

    I left, but waited for him in the car park simply to seek another chance to express my total disgust of Tory policies towards the poor. As the shithead and his wife entered the carpark I asked if I could carry on our conversation, but typically he and his cow wife totally ignored me.

    As he and his wife quickly got into their car I’m sure she said ‘who is that weirdo’? This made Santa very angry indeed. So I barred their way out by standing directly in front of their car. He tried various attempts at getting past me and sounding his horn, but I was too quick.

    After a far while of this jumping around the car park, his cow wife rolled down the car window and said – ‘Are you completely stupid or something? It’s people like you that make us sick and if my husband and I had our way we would make sure you never got another day’s benefit for the rest of your life.’

    Nice!

    I told her to kiss Santa’s arse and be pleased to do it!

    When the police eventually came I was told in no uncertain terms that I was potentially causing a Section Five Public Order Offence or something. I told the officer (I think he knew me) what had happened and that I was still on medication, including what the MP’s cow wife had said. But he said it was better for me to leave now or I may be arrested. Of course, I didn’t want to be banged up over Easter. So I left and as I did the Tory MP and his shithead wife drove past sounding their stupid horn like they had won or something. But the cunts will never beat Santa.

    Justice and free speech in Cameron’s shitty Britain – what a fucking joke!!!

    • paultheswineherd

      Santa – Good for you, for standing your ground and making your feelings felt. The sooner that this bunch of fucking scum are out of their only too priveleged offices – the better!

    • What area does your MP represent…or not in this case? It shows us their attitude that they demand you don’t disagree with them,or tell them what harm their policies are doing’ else they threaten to call Police. And they can make up whatever they like about you,, unless you had some kind of recording that is.

    • It was exactly the same under new labour. I visited our MP who started screaming in my face, so I reported him to the parliamentary standards committee in Parliament who duly whitewashed him – he is scum and still in council chambers as we elected labour in our town.

  12. Space Invaders

  13. BOLLOCKS TO WORKFARE

    Ersa want to know of your workfare experiences:

    Anna.robin@ersa.org.uk

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  15. When prostitution is legalized, the DWP “Maximus” will say that there is no excuse for ANYONE to be unemployed.
    Prostitution will be regarded as EMPLOYMENT, and will be paid the so called living wage.
    And no!!! i`m not joking.

  16. Do you want to be a male prostitute then sage?

    • Fly – The Sage could be a lady for all you know 👩

      • could be but past comments suggest it is probably male, but who can tell these days anyway.
        Perhaps I should refer to people as it that should make the pc brigade happy (not).

  17. BREAKING
    Protesters call for new Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb to step down from role as Patron of Pembrokeshire Mencap

    http://www.westerntelegraph.co.uk/news/14400134.Protest_held_at_office_of_Stephen_Crabb_MP/

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  19. What’s happened to the smiley’s on this site! They’ve gone all tiny! This is out of order!😀

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  21. No to Nazi Britain No to Austerity

    Santa Hates You | April 1, 2016 at 8:56 pm | Reply

    Last week I visited my local Tory MP in his public office and complained (please note that I didn’t vote for the fucking Nazi or any of the other shitheads in the House of Commons) about workfare and the inhuman use of sanctions. After telling him what I thought about this subject and his government’s role in the evil Welfare Reform Act, his minders told me to leave the premises ASAP or they would call the police.

    I left, but waited for him in the car park simply to seek another chance to express my total disgust of Tory policies towards the poor. As the shithead and his wife entered the carpark I asked if I could carry on our conversation, but typically he and his cow wife totally ignored me.

    As he and his wife quickly got into their car I’m sure she said ‘who is that weirdo’? This made Santa very angry indeed. So I barred their way out by standing directly in front of their car. He tried various attempts at getting past me and sounding his horn, but I was too quick.

    After a far while of this jumping around the car park, his cow wife rolled down the car window and said – ‘Are you completely stupid or something? It’s people like you that make us sick and if my husband and I had our way we would make sure you never got another day’s benefit for the rest of your life.’

    Nice!

    I told her to kiss Santa’s arse and be pleased to do it!

    When the police eventually came I was told in no uncertain terms that I was potentially causing a Section Five Public Order Offence or something. I told the officer (I think he knew me) what had happened and that I was still on medication, including what the MP’s cow wife had said. But he said it was better for me to leave now or I may be arrested. Of course, I didn’t want to be banged up over Easter. So I left and as I did the Tory MP and his shithead wife drove past sounding their stupid horn like they had won or something. But the cunts will never beat Santa.

    Justice and free speech in Cameron’s shitty Britain – what a fucking joke!!!

  22. Seems one of these open day thingies is taking place at Lewisham Police Station, if their map is anything to go by. I’ve been on the six month work placement in Lewisham, I live a few hundred yards from the police station, and there has never been any mention of work placements there. Anyone got any idea what is going on? Might just pop down for a coffee and biscuit and a chat.

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  25. Justin Greenwood

    still using atos, capita and maximus to do dubious assessments with staff that training is not fit for the role ie a physiotherapist doing a assessment for bi-polar, is that the definition of payment by results, or the two that assessed me who blatantly misrepresented my words in the medical and after some teeth pulling i found there qualifications, not with any help from atos/dwp and it is dubios as to whether they have the correct qualifications to do a mental health assessment in the first place. i cant wait to see the reply when i eventually fill my complaint in, a piece of advice a letter saying thanks for pointing out a issue with our nurse and we will take action to prevent this will not suffice, you will have to try a lot harder than that, i only give one chance and because you lied to me at the medical you have used that chance

    • You would have to go some to beat the treatment of my ex-wife, some six years ago now. She had had an accident, resulting in numerous problems, not least a spinal injury that resulted in an operarion to remove two verterbrae, and shaving the edges off two others. Armed with reports from the surgeon, her doctor, the pain clinic, a seine specialist, her council disability support worker and a psychiatrist, all saying she was incapable of more than minimal movement without pain, she expected a quick ATOS examination.
      The clerk (with no medical background at all) asked if she could pick things up off the floor. “No”. Could she sit down in a chair, lean forward and pick a coin up from the floor. ” No”. If she was already lying on the floor, and a coin was places beside her, could she pick it up? “Yes”.
      End of assessment, 100% fit for work, no restrictions, as she had stated she had no trouble picking things up from the floor, so classified as 100% movement, 100% mobility, no medical problems! Took almost a year to get the decision over-turned.

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