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It's enough to tip you over into major depression, though you'll not get any incapacity benefit

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Jul. 18th, 2008 | 08:56 pm

It seems that David Freud's expression of the New Labour dream is to take another step towards becoming real on Monday. You remember him, surely, the banker and entrepeneur that Tony got in to advise about how to fuck social security and Gordon now apparently loves.

Though it would certainly be inaccurate to suggest that he's the driving force behind this - it is all stuff that follows on perfectly well from established NL priorities. The system is to basically be privatised, with companies being paid to get people off the lists and into doing shit short-term jobs for their associates. Anyone wanting to get benefits will have to do community service as well - not, you know, a job, one that gets paid properly, but penance for having the temerity to be anything but housebound and quadriplegic (though, you know, why can't you type things with a stick in your mouth, eh? Benefit scrounger!) And there will be lots and lots of people getting thrown off the lists. They already are being thrown off the lists for all sorts of spurious reasons from everything I've heard from those on the sharp end.

The thing about the benefits system is that it's actually not supposed to enable the private sector to find cheap work, or at least that was the original idea. It was supposed to mean that people weren't immediately forced to choose between exploitative jobs and starvation. It was supposed to be support for workers against the interests of business. The point is not to have the dole office being a labour market for Tesco. Except that now, apparently, it is.

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from: anonymous
date: Jul. 19th, 2008 09:23 am (UTC)

A test of a civilised society is how it treats its less able citizens.

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Dole office

from: anonymous
date: Jul. 19th, 2008 09:27 am (UTC)

The dole office isn't a labour market for Tesco - unfortunately. Tesco employs casual workers and pay them only for the hours they work so if they need someone for 2 hours to clean floors each week on a Friday they get a different casual worker each week so they don't become permanent members of staff with permanent benefits.

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exit wound in a foreign nation

Re: Dole office

from: dyfferent
date: Jul. 19th, 2008 01:48 pm (UTC)

This is largely because their permanent staff are union in the UK. They avoided this in the US entirely by not allowing their stores to unionise in the first place.


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from: velvetvandal
date: Jul. 20th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)

It's things like this that are going to tip me over the line into committing actual acts of sedition, I swear.

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