Tagged: 2014

Workfare = Slavery

 

FRANKENSTEIN SOUND LABWorkfare = Slavery

From the mini-album Austerity (2014)

 

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Study “is boost for North East jobseekers”. Maybe.

Two thirds of the region’s Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) intend to recruit new staff in 2014, a study shows.

Research by Yorkshire Bank also found North East businesses which plan to create new jobs expect to grow employee numbers by 11%.

It also found that 64% of North East SMEs intend to recruit new employees.

On average, the North East’s 135,000 SMEs expect to recruit more than 7% more staff. If this figure is applied to the North East’s total SME workforce of 429,000, almost 31,000 new jobs could be created.

Alan Young, regional director for Business and Private Banking with Yorkshire Bank in the North East of England, said: “SMEs are crucial to the UK economy and its emerging recovery and we will continue to support them in 2014.”

Source – Newcastle Journal,  31 Dec 2014

Wow ! Great news, eh ? Happy days are here again !

Or maybe not. The important passage from the above is :

On average, the North East’s 135,000 SMEs expect to recruit more than 7% more staff. If this figure is applied to the North East’s total SME workforce of 429,000, almost 31,000 new jobs could be created.

And the important  words are expect and could.  All this amounts to  is a guess at what could happen, if the universe and, more to the point, the neo-liberal capitalist system we live under, played by the “rules”.

Its just as likely that the system will throw these SMEs to the wolves, should they decide it suits their agendas.

And produced by a high street bank ? With their well-proven  predictive and economic  insights ? Do me a favour…

 

 

Charity Slams Osborne’s Workfare – These Placements Are Not Voluntary

Will any organization in the North East follow this lead ?

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bhf-edingburgh-workfareA centre for volunteers in Liverpool has issued a strong statement rejecting George Osborne’s plan for mass workfare.

Beginning in April next year thousands of unemployed people will be forced into six month workfare placements with charities or community organisations.  The scheme is a huge roll out of mandatory workfare and depends on the so-called voluntary sector playing ball to be successful.

Volunteer Centre Liverpool’s re-assuring statement this week pledges they will not take part in Osborne’s workfare and encourages others to think carefully about any possible involvement in workfare.  As they rightly point out, forced work, under threat of destitution, is not volunteering:

“There has been a lot of talk recently about the latest scheme to help people who are unemployed, with mention of “compulsory volunteering” as part of the “Help to Work” programme.  DWP do not refer to it as volunteering, but others are starting to, which…

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