Something For Nothing

Chancellor Osborne has announced another raft of measures in the coalition’s war against their beloved ‘hard working families’ and the unemployed. The idea that this government operates in the interests of the mass of people in this country is risible.

Cuts in benefits if you refuse to take unpaid work or if you fail to visit a job centre every day because you can’t afford to, mark a return to the days of Victorian workhouses and the undeserving poor. It is yet another example of the government demonising the poor and unemployed for their own ends. This propaganda offensive using populist language is calculated to divide worker against worker – ‘workers versus shirkers’. What possible link can there be between the severest of structural capitalist crises and benefit claimants? The present crisis was caused by a corrupt banking and finance system. Government myth-makers deny the fact that the real jobs just aren’t there. In fact government is busy destroying real jobs in public services.

A pool of ‘free’ labour is to be used in communities and could therefore replace properly trained and paid permanent staff. Too many future jobs would be on the minimum wage or given to benefit claimants. We are witnessing the destruction of wages in our country. Not only is this government intent upon creating a low wage economy, but in many sectors they want to move from low wages to no wages.

The coalition has no intention of creating any more jobs; they want to leave it to the vagaries of the market. No government will help workers – we have to help ourselves and take what is ours.

The Workers’ Party Twitter Feed

Hazards Campaign shows the union movement speak for humanity in Britain. The government created a chaotic and irrational response to the continuing transmission of the virus, not starting control measures early enough & stopping them before they should.
http://www.hazardscampaign.org.uk/blog/the-hazards-campaign-calls-for-the-government-to-adopt-immediately-a-zero-covid19-policy

PSC will ask DWP members whether they are prepared to take industrial action over the government’s insistence that jobcentres extend their hours until 8pm on weekdays and fully open to the public, despite the very real danger of a second Covid-19 spike. 
https://www.pcs.org.uk/news/pcs-to-launch-consultative-ballot-for-industrial-action-over-jobcentre-hours-extension

Trade unions provide unity & a collective approach.
West Midlands TUC called for a summit of local Trade Unionists and politicians following announcements of 8000 job losses. Unions have led on Covid safety & now again they take the lead in jobs crisis.
https://unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2020/july/unite-backing-summit-to-win-support-for-west-midlands-as-8000-jobs-go-in-under-a-week/

Job losses at Alexander Dennis the bus manufacturer; 650 across Britain. Unite calls on government to bring forward £3 billion plan for 4,000 new green buses on UK’s roads. Make it in Britain! Public procurement from Britain!
Make Brexit work for Workers!
https://unitetheunion.org/news-events/news/2020/july/bus-maker-alexander-dennis-job-losses-devastating-blow/

Load More...


All text on this site is copyright The Workers' Party of Britain. Established 2006