U.K. Government DWP fights off attack on scheme of forced labour – unleashes extraordinary media counter-attack of lies and propaganda

We are all drowning in a sea of Government lies and propaganda!

Thank God for organisations like Full Fact and Corporate Watch who report hard facts and expose falsehoods that are not based on empirical research and analysis!

The Cameron/DWP lie, repeated and disturbingly believed by the audience in Tunbridge Wells on BBC Question Time and later on This Week last night (23.02.12) was wheeled out again on Sky News this morning.

We’re talking about the UTTER LIE that 50% of young people (thousands of whom are disabled) on the Government’s Work Scheme get into permanent employment at the end of it.

This lie has been conclusively exposed here by FULL FACT.

Sky also reports that Chris Grayling’s emails have been hacked by activists in a “concerted effort” to discredit a scheme that the Sky reporter said is “worthy of praise” on the back of this lie which seems to have been swallowed, hook, line and sinker by all our broadcast media.

Chris Grayling has now even resorted to begging Polly Toynbee of The Guardian to desist from attacking his pet scheme and she has rightly given him short shrift. 

Even my own Mother now agrees that the BBC have become a propaganda tool of this Government – and she’s about as ‘middle of the road’ as it gets! 

We note that Nick Clegg has also weighed in support of his beleaguered Tory masters.

When will the Lib Dems finally see sense and depose this crypto-fascist deceiver of the British general public? Surely nobody can believe a word he says now? How many promises do you need to break?

Q. “Why did Nick Clegg cross the road?”

A. “Because he pledged not to!”

If Clegg is a “Liberal” then I’m the “Dear Leader” of North Korea!

No doubt those of us good and decent folk who oppose modern-day British slavery will be portrayed by the bandits in power as “a small group of anti-capitalist domestic extremists”

Disabled people, and those with cancer who have more than 6 months to live will be forced to work on these schemes if they are not stopped now.

We will never give up our fight to expose and discredit these criminals.

Black Triangle asks again: Where is the “opposition” in all this? Why is Ed Miliband choosing to do nothing to expose this scandalous abuse of freedom and democracy?

Could it be because his party set this scheme in motion, just as they did the Atos Work Capability Assessment regime and welfare “reform” in general?

We leave it to you to make your own mind up, but we say that Labour’s silence is deafening.

We put ‘Labour’ on notice – we will unceasingly expose and condemn your complicity in crimes against disabled people and the ordinary people of our country.

We will not stop until we get justice.

We will be calling the shots from now on.

We will force you to confront us over your abdication of responsibility to us! 

Labour have their agenda – but it’s not ours.

More on this in an upcoming blog so watch this space!

In the following article, Corporate Watch exposes the true reality of life on the Government’s scheme of forced compulsory labour: 

The campaign against workfare has claimed some major successes over the last month, with Sainsburys, Waterstones and TK Maxx bowing to pressure and pulling out of some (though not all) of the government’s workfare programmes.

Other companies now face a dilemma: do they also withdraw to avoid further bad publicity, or do they continue to enjoy the free labour that workfare brings?

Corporate Watch finds the benefits of workfare for retailers such as Asda and Argos make it difficult to say no ……

Over the Christmas period for example, the government’s eagerness to send unemployed people on unpaid placements meant stores did not need to go to the trouble of hiring and paying temporary workers as they would normally. 

Joe Wilson, a 21 year old on Jobseeker’s Allowance, worked a four-day week, unpaid, for six weeks from the middle of November at the Asda superstore in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

He told Corporate Watch: 

“There were about 15 of us on placements. The manager said they had overspent on stocking Christmas stuff so they’d got people in on placements [to save money]. The paid staff told us they were being asked to leave before they’d ended their shift as we could do the work. I worked Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. They arranged it so everyone came in those days.” 

His Jobcentre had said that if he didn’t attend the placement his benefits could be stopped: 

“The Jobcentre had got a group of us in for CV writing training. It was really obvious stuff – don’t use a crayon and so on. When we were there they said some people had come to speak to us about a work experience programme. Then a few days later I got a letter saying that, as I’d expressed an interest they’d be organising a work placement. The letter said if I didn’t go they’d stop my JSA. I’d never said I wanted to do a placement in Asda.”

 A claimant in Bristol told Corporate Watch how paid Christmas work in the Argos store in the Galleries shopping centre disappeared when the company realised it could get people in for nothing on workfare placements.

‘Jason’, who wishes to remain anonymous, said Seetec, the ‘provider’ company that he was sent to by the Jobcentre, had arranged an interview for him and 13 others for temporary work. They were not hired because the store instead took people on unpaid placements organised by Prospect, another employment provider company, which ironically has its Bristol office in the same building as Seetec. 

A spokesperson at Asda’s head office told Corporate Watch that the company hadn’t received any reports of workfare placements replacing paid staff and they would “investigate further,” adding the placements were “not designed to substitute colleague roles”. 

Despite several follow-up calls and emails, we have not heard anything since. 

An Argos spokesperson told Corporate Watch that its stores had “liaised over our peak Christmas trading period with local job centres to offer working opportunities to job seekers through initiatives called work placements or work trial”. The retailer went on to say it is currently assessing whether its trials over the Christmas period will continue and that it “endeavoured to offer permanent roles to young people” after the placements. 

Corporate Watch asked how many permanent roles had been offered but we have not received a reply. Prospect did not reply to any of our enquiries. 

You’re supposed to find me a job, not turn me into a slave! 

Workfare does not only replace paid work at Christmas. ‘Chris’ was sent to do a three month placement in Booker Wholesale in Bath. He told Corporate Watch that when the placement commenced the manager said that if he worked hard he would get a job, but he soon found out that this was unlikely: 

“I asked the manager about jobs and he said: ‘keep working as you are and you will be fine’. The turning point came for me about two months in, when two part-time employees were laid off for stealing some alcohol. I thought there would be a job for me but they hired the brother of an employee already working there. I went to see the manager and he said that there were no positions. He suggested I could continue doing four days a week unpaid. 

I left in disgust and took my last two days off. They had the nerve to say: ‘what if we are counting on you to be there?’ Then hire me! You’re supposed to help me find a job, not turn me into a slave.” 

Paid employment ‘unlikely’ 

Workfare is becoming such a popular way for retailers to staff their stores that they are finding it hard to keep count of how many workfare staff they have. A spokesperson for entertainment retailer HMV told Corporate Watch its placements are organised on “a more localised basis” so it is difficult to “fully track all the placements in place across the chain at any one time.” 

But at least the company is less coy than Argos and Booker about the likelihood these placements will lead to paid work, admitting: “it’s unlikely that [a] large number will go on to achieve full time paid employment with the company.” 

Have you been sent on an unpaid work placement or do you know someone who has? Contact Corporate Watch on 02074260005 or contact[at]corporatewatch.org 

See also: 

Regulating workfare (or not)
November 9, 2011

‘It’s exploitation and it’s repellent’: Retailers, councils and charities benefiting from workfare

September 26, 2011

Unemployed people ‘bullied’ into unpaid work at Tesco, Primark and other multinationals

August 12, 2011

‘I was a volunteer for six months and wasn’t given a job or paid any money’

August 12, 2011

‘Making profits from the the unemployed is reprehensible’



6 thoughts on “U.K. Government DWP fights off attack on scheme of forced labour – unleashes extraordinary media counter-attack of lies and propaganda

  1. simmo says:

    The writing is on the wall but we the electorate are undecided whether we are sheep or ostriches or have been cajoled into believing we still live in a DEMOCRACY .The obvious façade of democracy started to be eroded when Thatcher smashed the UNIONS importing an American named McGregor . Thatcher spent £12 billion pounds ,£36,240,000,000.00 in today’s money to achieve her goal .Blair continued ,with his brazen disregard for cabinet meeting’s and held armchair discussions between him and his chosen advisers .Where were our representative MP’s to argue against this practice .Now we have Cameron and his fascist henchmen such as Schmidt and Grables ,Osborne and May who between them have decimated the welfare system ,made the rich ,richer and have shown scant regard for justice .The rule of Law should be executed on a level ‘playing field’ and not bits of EU law and British Law used in similar circumstances when it suits the Governments purpose. DEMOCRACY has been eroded ,things have gone too far ,there is only one vote open to us all – A NO VOTE ,let’s not support their BIG LIE .Would you buy something you didn’t want – why vote for something you know nothing about .Truth is not in a Politicians vocabulary .

  2. Nigel Simmons says:

    BROKEN BRITISH POLITICS – Thousands rally in Rome against cuts
    In this Country for us to be able to do this we would have to meet all the conditions set down by either the Picketing or Demonstration law .We have to notify the Authorities 6 days before a demonstration takes place and the Police can Dictate the conditions to be adhered to or even Ban it. About 100,000 protesters, led by trade unionists, have rallied in the Italian capital Rome against the policies of the new coalition government. They urged the Prime Minister, Enrico Letta, to scrap austerity measures and focus on job creation..
    Public trust in his fragile coalition with the centre-right is dropping, opinion polls suggest.
    The country is experiencing its longest recession in more than 40 years. National debt is now about 127% of annual economic output, second only to Greece in the eurozone.
    Unemployment is at a record high of 11.5% – 38% for the under-25s.

  3. Nik says:

    I see so many protests, so many suggestions, and so many ideas that everyone keeps missing the point.
    These austerity measures were created by the banks about 5 years ago when the mortgage systems collapsed.
    Up until 1979 the unions managed to have a political pressure, until Maggie managed to break the union power. That powerbase then shifted, and only a few people saw it move, and those people are now either politicians, the rich or bankers.
    Now the way I see this, marching from some point in the country to Downing Street is a waste of time. These people are just laughing at us. The media corporations are controlled by the government, and the media control the people. This has got to stop.
    How to hurt these people is simple, shut down the Golden Mile, shut down the FT Index, shut down the banks, take away what they worship… MONEY.

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