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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