TUC Side With Bosses To Back Tory Workfare Scheme

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“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” “The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

In an astonishing and genuinely sad day for the trade uni0n movement, the TUC have teamed up with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) to issue a statement supporting unpaid work.

The TUC have sided with the bosses to sing the praises of the Tory Traineeship programme.  This unpaid scheme can involve up to five months full-time work, sometimes for giant profit making companies like BT or Virgin.  The placements are used to ‘prepare’ young people to be Apprentices, although there is no guarantee that they will be offered even this at the end of the scheme.

Just like Margaret Thatcher’s despised YTS schemes, Traineeships represent a wealth grab by greedy employers.  Once companies recognised they had to pay young people…

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Benefit sanctions are not fair and are not helping people into work

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Hierarchy of human needs – Abraham Maslow

If we  cannot fulfil our most basic survival needs, we cannot be motivated or “incentivised” to do anything else.

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Here are two articles about the terrible, extremely harsh and punitive consequences of the governments’ historically regressive, ethical challenging benefit sanctions regime. This is a very cruel and limited application of operant conditioning, the government are applying punishment to vulnerable people who need the support of lifeline benefits to meet their fundamental survival needs. 

The punishments are applied most frequently to the most vulnerable. Our welfare system was designed to support people, but under the Tory-led Coalition, it has been transformed into an administration that is run on unethical principles, akin to the Milgram experiment, with the difference that the punishments used are real, and decisions to punish welfare claimants is resulting in very real, terrible consequences.

It’s a biological fact that when…

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