The DWP Strikes March 2013


Up until 2 years ago myself and my partner had happily worked for around 15 years solid finally settling in the last 7 years at a call centre working every hour god sent and then some. At the time we had many little simple things to keep us going such as a night at the movies, take out, dinner at a nice little (cheap) restaurant, being able to buy the latest book we wanted and other simple such things.
Up until 2 years ago myself and my partner had happily worked for around 15 years solid finally settling in the last 7 years at a call centre working every hour god sent and then some. At the time we had many little simple things to keep us going such as a night at the movies, take out, dinner at a nice little (cheap) restaurant, being able to buy the latest book we wanted and other simple such things. 2 years after that bliss was shattered by redundancy, the future of work in this god forsaken, Tory run prison camp of a country still looks distant. We decided to try and get out of this rut, I would go to college and hopefully University and my partner would continue looking for work.


The short ending to that part of the fairy tale is I get to go to university and my partner is still looking for work in a country that has no jobs in it. Signing on today however, was an surprise as the DWP across Britain is on Strike and we only found this out this morning. Me being me, done some searching and found out an awful lot that paints Mr. Cameron in a very scary light. Not that I didn’t fear his dictatorial methods initially, today however they were confirmed in great detail. The DWP is on Strike it seems, for a list of issues as long as your arm. They are understaffed by 20,000 staff members across the UK but the Tories banned them from hiring anyone; including the replacement of leavers. Many people working in DWP know how high unemployment is but are still choosing to leave rather than work for the system anymore. They are on constant overtime to keep up with the rising number of claimants currently standing at over 2.5 million. They can expect a lot more to be coming in from fresh redundancies very soon (over 500 of these will come from their “brilliant” Edinburgh college amalgamation plan, and this is for this year alone, there are more planned for next year (This is certainly not going as well as they would lead you to believe. Many are being calculatingly manipulated into a situations where they not allowed to apply for other positions. Some of these lecturers are second to none, so making some of the most intelligent, knowledgeable lecturers in the country unemployed is a not good idea at all). I also found out that there is no plan to look at new working patterns for the staff at DWP or that a high number of staff are being dismissed to over rigorous attendance records (we all know that means they are being managed out because they have an opposing opinion to the managers). Many Temp staff are being dismissed and replaced later with new temp staff as no permanency is allowed (I have to question how they are managing to get past the legality’s of this and ask that someone with legal knowledge close the loop hole in this policy). There are several more issues which when added together equal atrocious working conditions however the very last thing that the union asks is a complete surprise to me but makes very logical sense. Paraphrasing the article I found (which is linked below for further reading). PCS is demanding “A strong welfare system, not just because it is fair and necessary for a modern society, but because it benefits the wider economy and drives growth by putting money in the pockets of those who will spend it here in the UK.” This is perfectly correct. The unemployed tend not to spend their money on holidays abroad or timeshares in Spain. The unemployed spend their money in their local town centre, in their local entertainment venues (when they are lucky) and at their local grocers. Starving the unemployed is never going to fix the UK economy but giving them better living resources may very well let some of them relax the belt a little and spend a little more on the luxury items that will help mend the economy. The DWP are actually fighting back for many reasons which are actually quite scary when you consider that they are meant to be the impartial body between government and citizens of the state and the Tories seems to be doing everything it can to "Manage them out". On one last note here (although I am sure I will have many more of these last notes when it comes to Cameron’s “unofficial” dictatorship); I would add that for two years I have had to listen to Cameron go on and on about the unemployed. He has done exactly the same to the unemployed as Hitler done to the Jews and the communists…blaming the Jews and the communists for the poor economy, causing society to look down on them. Ok, Cameron hasn’t gone as far as to send the unemployed to death camps but he doesn’t have to, he just gives them too little they starve to death or freeze to death instead. These unemployed, that are constantly belittled and persecuted by Cameron, consist of Researchers, engineers, Scientists, mathematicians, Teachers, Lecturers, Psychologists, Secretaries, Advisers, Couriers, Cleaners and many, many other skilled people. Cameron may look down on the unemployed as a bunch of useless yobs but in truth he actually put many of the greatest minds in this country in that unemployment queue. So please don’t accept it when he refers to the unemployed as uneducated, yobs, lazy etc. These are lies to distract you from the truth that he is only here to line his pockets and leave (because he knows he is not getting to stay at the next general election)! For further info on the DWP Battle please click the link below. It’s pretty interesting reading: http://www.pcs.org.uk/en/department_for_work_and_pensions_group/dwp-news.cfm/id/8AE50962-4275-4F7F-891940920AC95CFD

POSTED BY 1faithmorgan On 2013-03-20
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