Archive for July 2013
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.)
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.