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The DWP blame game

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This image sums up the official DWP position that success or failure is a personal responsibility, and nothing to do with objective circumstances, such as a lack of suitable jobs. Along with other similar cartoons it now decorates the entrance lobby of Dundee Jobcentre.

I wonder if the people who copied and laminated it and pinned it to the board (alongside coloured inspirational stars) stopped to think that it might also sum up how those who developed the Universal Credit system regard them –the people who have to administer it. While some jobcentre advisors are better – or worse – than others, the serious problems lie in the system, rather than with the overstretched, undertrained people who are expected to make it work – and to believe in this rubbish. But the DWP stubbornly refuses to take any responsibility for creating a system so ill-conceived and poorly implemented that not…

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National day of action against Universal Credit, Saturday 1st December

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Unite Community have finally started confirming some of the details for their upcoming day of action against Universal Credit. Obviously, this is all pretty inadequate, especially the late notice, since these events would be a lot more powerful if they were properly promoted at jobcentres and managed to attract claimants from outside the usual activist circles, which is unlikely at this kind of timescale; but any kind of resistance around social issues like Universal Credit is better than just passively watching the latest developments in the Brexit soap opera. If you’re interested in helping plan serious resistance around welfare reform, it might be worth going along and seeing if anyone there might be up for organising something more concerted than just a badly-promoted day of action once or twice a year.

And as a quick reminder, other stuff coming up this week includes:

Thursday 29th: Electricians’ meeting in London

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[IWOC] Action Alert for Sam Faulder!

Some of you may know about Sam Faulder – who has been serving over a decade in prison for a crime she didn’t commit. She’s been pushing to get an appeal through the Cardiff Innocence Project, but the CPS is refusing to co-operate.

It’s vital that she gets solidarity – please share this Action Alert in your networks and send a letter if you can!


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Women and the union – A factory in west-London

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UnknownWe wrote this for fellow workers of the IWW New Syndicalist:

Women make up around 60% of the 800 workers in my factory. They are all migrant women – older women mainly from Gujarat and Sri Lanka, younger women from Eastern Europe. In the 1970s, 58% of all Indian women in the U.K. worked in manufacturing. This huge figure still seems true in my part of west London. They form the lowest rung of the labour market, while at the same time, its backbone. The wages are low, hovering around the minimum wage, the hours long, and the work is tough.

In my workplace, which makes ready meals for all the major supermarkets, the work roles are mostly strictly gendered. Only women work on the assembly line, unless there is a machine that needs to be operated, in which case, a man steps in. This machine usually only requires you…

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It’s now official – poverty is UK Government policy

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The UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights has published his statement following his visit to the UK, and he hasn’t pulled his punches. He doesn’t say anything that has not been said before, but he can speak with an authority others can’t command. The trouble is that the UN has no powers to make the UK shift course. If they had, I have a feeling that that this sort of report wouldn’t be allowed to be written.

After setting out evidence of the appalling growth and extent of poverty in the UK, Professor Alston concludes that:

poverty is a political choice. Austerity could easily have spared the poor, if the political will had existed to do so. Resources were available to the Treasury at the last budget that could have transformed the situation of millions of people living in poverty, but the political choice was made to…

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