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UK Poor in Workhouse Conditions: Millions Left Without Sick Pay, Leave, Basic Rights

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How can a ‘work experience’ opportunity justifiably ask for ‘experience preferred’ and then go on to say ‘full training will be given’; isn’t that the whole object of work experience- to train somebody to be more likely to find work through experience?

As for zero-hour contracts, they should be made illegal yesterday. (Retrospectively, Mr. Iain Duncan Smith.)

UK Poor in Workhouse Conditions: Millions Left Without Sick Pay, Leave, Basic Rights

In Victorian Britain, those unlucky enough to form the ranks of the newly unemployed in the process of industrialisation and urbanisation were placed in workhouses. In return for shelter and food, they were required to work as many hours as the master dictated. Sadly, centuries on, workers in the UK are heading back into the workhouse conditions their predecessors fought so hard to escape.

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29/07/2013 at 5:47 PM

Throat cancer victim – “this is not the England they fought and died for!”

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(not satire unfortunately – it’s the UK Today!)This real-life account by a throat cancer victim of the misery caused by ATOS and the bedroom tax speaks for itself:“Please feel free to share my story wherever you think it may do some good, though for now I’d prefer it if you withhold my name.

via Pride’s Purge, Throat cancer victim – “this is not the England they fought and died for!”.

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23/07/2013 at 3:50 PM

Do As I Say, Not As I Do Says Workfare Hypocrite John Sentamu

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“Millions of people across the country will get up today, leave their families and travel to work to carry out jobs that we all depend on. They will care for people, serve us food, clean the spaces that we all use and share. They will do more than a fair day’s work, but they won’t get a fair day’s pay.”

So said the Archbishop of York John Sentamu, writing in The Observer yesterday. What the Bishop didn’t mention is that some of those people will not receive any pay at all. In fact they could even be working – under threat of benefit sanctions – for the YMCA, the organisation of which he is the president.

via Do As I Say, Not As I Do Says Workfare Hypocrite John Sentamu.

Stafford hospital future: ‘consultation’ next week but downgrade already ‘official’

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For those of you following the events around the falsely-maligned Stafford hospital and the government’s opportunistic decision to put Mid Staffs Trust into special administration – or for that matter, for any who care about the NHS and its treatment by this woeful coalition – the following information will be of vital interest. Please share widely.

In February, immediately after the publication of the Francis report, the government took the opportunity to put Mid Staffs into special administration, with a view to breaking up or downgrading the hospital, while (they thought) few people would care about the hospital’s fate because of the dismal (and unfounded) picture being painted by the media’s version of the Francis report.

via Stafford hospital future: ‘consultation’ next week but downgrade already ‘official’.

Section 14: Police try to order you around

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Section 14: Police try to order you around (via http://www.latentexistence.me.uk/)

The Met police are once again printing a leaflet to distribute at anti-cuts protests. (Don’t click that link yet!) Advice seen this morning suggests that it would be a bad idea for protesters to take and read one of these leaflets because it will…

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21/07/2013 at 4:05 AM

National media: Keogh says 13k NHS deaths! Keogh: er, no I don’t

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Please share widely, as this is huge and needs to become well-known before the report is published tomorrow.As I wrote yesterday, the national media is running massive headlines claiming that a report by Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of the NHS, will state that 13,000 people died ‘needlessly’ in the 14 NHS hospitals currently under special investigation for supposed high mortality rates.

via National media: Keogh says 13k NHS deaths! Keogh: er, no I don’t.

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15/07/2013 at 5:50 PM

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Two and a Half Million Reasons Why The Salvation Army Is Holding The Line On Workfare

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An astonishing report published by the Salvation Army hints at the huge sums being handed out to charities and the welfare-to-work companies who are involved with the disastrous Work Programme.

via Two and a Half Million Reasons Why The Salvation Army Is Holding The Line On Workfare.

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15/07/2013 at 5:14 PM

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