A Leicester clothing factory in 1948. 'As wages bear less and less relation to the cost of living, it seems as good a time as any to ask if the underlying fantasy is that employers will one day be able to pay their workers nothing at all.' Photograph: Kurt Hutton/ Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS
A Leicester clothing factory in 1948. ‘As wages bear less and less relation to the cost of living, it seems as good a time as any to ask if the underlying fantasy is that employers will one day be able to pay their workers nothing at all.’ Photograph: Kurt Hutton/ Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS

‘Campaigns against unpaid work as a condition of receiving benefits – workfare – and cuts affecting disabled people have drawn out the truth behind government schemes. Boycott Workfare and Disabled People Against Cuts, among others, have drawn repeated and serious attention to the punitive nature of deeming people fit for work, or attempting to place people in jobs when the jobs don’t exist or are unpaid.’

Read with: Unemployed must be ‘working and training, not claiming’, says Labour guardian.co.uk, 4 Jan 2013 by Patrick Wintour, political editor and Haroon Siddique


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  • K Peake January 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    A brilliant new development for the wonderful young disabled people of the UK. Encourage any young disabled person you know to join Jack in standing up to the bullies.

    “My name is Jack and I am 8.

    I am starting a Young Disabled People Against Cuts Group, so children can protest together with the help of our guardians.

    We need as many young people as we can get to join in with YDPAC. ( Young Disabled People Against Cuts)

    I wish the Government was not making the cuts. If it was up to me, I would ban them from making cuts!

    Young people are affected by the cuts faced by our guardians. If my mum doesn’t get her car before 2 years is up we won’t get a car because of the cuts. When we’re 16 we may lose our DLA, and other benefits and help we rely on now.

    If you want to get involved with YDPAC let me know via mail@dpac.uk.net

    http://www.dpac.uk.net/2012/12/young-dpac-group-launches/

    You might conclude it’s appropriate to ask Cameron and Osborne to step down so we can get back on track:

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/33327

    And while the country is coming to it’s senses and before they are kicked out, demand that they do something with their time and call for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of Welfare Reform, and a New Deal for sick & disabled people based on their needs, abilities and ambitions

    https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/43154/signature/new

  • duncan a. smith January 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    If Camoron (sic), Gideon and IDS want us all to stack shelves as part of workfare (fair? never seen such unfairness. Not even Thatcher managed to pass work-for-dole laws – surely illegal under EU human rights?) why don’t THEY get off their high horses, leave their (over) privileged lives behind for a couple of weeks, don a uniform (with compulsory armband marking them out to be a “shirker” or “scrounger”) and lead by example, living off a shit part-time wage (if they get one, at all) or at least the amount of dole/DLA they expect US to live on every two weeks?

  • jeffery davies January 4, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    look out no work no hope of it and no dole yep its certainly back to the dark ages they feed well we stave well nothing changes jeff3

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