Work coaches confirm harsher new DWP jobcentre tactics

Disability news service

By John Pring on 17th March 2022 Category: Benefits and Poverty

New disturbing evidence has emerged that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has introduced harsher rules designed to force more disabled people with significant mental distress to attend frequent face-to-face jobcentre meetings.

Last week, a work coach told Disability News Service (DNS) that she and her colleagues were being “bullied and harassed” into forcing claimants with significant mental distress into attending work-related meetings.

Many have been waiting months for a work capability assessment (WCA) but in the meantime are being forced to make regular trips to the jobcentre so work coaches can meet their targets for face-to-face appointments.

After the story was published last Thursday, DNS received an anonymous phone message – apparently from another work coach – who said the harsher new approach “was definitely happening”, although DNS has been unable to confirm that they work for DWP.

The Benefits and Work website has also reported hearing from someone who claimed to be a former DWP employee and who said that work coaches were being “named and shamed” by their bosses for not pushing enough claimants out of the support group* of employment and support allowance (ESA) and onto universal credit.

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TERFed out?

Anarchy in the Sticks!

Last time it was Boris De Pfeffle Johnson who pulled the plug on our activities. This year we’ve been shut down by the latest of her majesty’s policing agencies – Tom Browns Pub in Dorchester!

We’ve been in talks with this venue for months and had reached an agreement, to the extent of working out where everything was going to be, drawing a floor plan and making arrangements for hire of tables and other equipment. The Fourth Dorset Radical Bookfair was set for the 11th June 2022 and we began promoting the event online. Bands were booked for the afterparty. We had just started sending invitations to our supporters when the venue inexplicably went back on its word and cancelled our booking.

After a little probing we were told that some regulars who identify as “left feminists” objected to content at previous events they considered “extremist”. We seem to have…

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Mid-Feb round-up: rail, university and hospital strikes, and more

AngryWorkers’ Daily Dose of Class Hatred #4

AngryWorkers

Their borders – Our misery…

(This text was written a few days before the most recent tragedy in the Channel, during which 27 people drowned)

Syrian man found dead on Polish side of border with Belarus
Polish police say cause of death not determined after body discovered in woods near village of Wolka Terechowska.
“A forest worker informed the police about finding the body of a young man,” Tomasz Krupa, a Podlaska police spokesman, told Reuters.
“It is a young man of Syrian nationality around 20 years old,” Krupa said. It was not possible to determine the cause of death at the scene, he added.
At least nine people are reported to have died in the migration.

Death and misery has returned to an area of Europe which was the scene of unimaginable slaughter and destruction during the two 20th century imperialist bloodbaths. Today, the imperialist rivalries remain at a level of hostage taking, cyber attacks, altering the flow of resources, building alliances and eroding the opponents’ blocs and so on. The immediate trigger for the horrors in Eastern Europe has been the decision by the Belarus state to tempt refugees to fly to the capital Minsk from where they are moved to the border areas with Poland, Lithuania or Latvia – all part of “Fortress Europe”. The thousands of refugees already at or heading for the border between Belarus (an ally of Russia) and the states in the European Union (also part of NATO and the EU’s own military arrangements) are the pawns in the game of world capitalism in crisis.

Those are the particular features behind that hell hole but across the world desperation forces migration. In the deepening horrors of the 21st century, wars without end, ecological disasters and the absence of any hope of adequate paid work all overlap to make starvation, at whatever tempo, the only alternative.

Our siblings drown in the English Channel or Mediterranean, they suffocate in sealed lorries, have their primitive settlements and shacks destroyed and are beaten or worse by the state forces. Their possessions and money are sucked away by the “people traffickers”, now including the travel operators and airlines who flew desperate people to Minsk. Many of those who reach their “promised land” are enslaved by the gangs who robbed their money, gambled with their lives and still brutally control them and their family members that stayed behind.

For the bosses, we’re all “It”s of this or that nationality fit to be transported, trapped and tormented according to the whims of capital. Despite the systems of production and exchange having spanned the world for more than 100 years, it suits the bosses to keep their national states and to exercise their strength and control in each area.

In the case of the atrocities at the borders of Belarus it is poisonous for us to try and argue in favour of one set of state gangsters or another. The delusions of “national identity” and support for “our” national state and borders have always meant death and suffering for workers. Lest we forget!

On strike in Sheffield!

LabourStart UK

Food couriers employed by gig-economy firm Stuart will be striking in Sheffield, UK, from 6 December. These couriers, who are spuriously “self-employed” and serve takeaway giant JustEat, are being slapped with a 24% cut in their per-delivery base rate.

Stuart claims that the base-rate cut is made up for by a new distance-based bonus. But in fact the changes simply mean that drivers will have to go further and faster to earn the same money. It’s a pay cut and a recipe for risk on the roads.

Food couriers will demonstrate at Sheffield Town Hall at 12 noon on Sunday 28 November and then move to indefinite strike action from 6 December, shutting down deliveries from McDonald’s and expanding to take on other chains.

The couriers’ union, the IWGB, is a small, young union, and it needs help to build up its strike fund!

Please donate here.

Demonstration on 28 November (facebook event)

Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair 2021

Anarchy in the Sticks!

Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair will take place on Saturday 6th November 2021 from 10am until 4pm at People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Bridge Street, M3 3ER.

Please help spread the Word… but not the virus! We have postcards printed that we can send to you to help us get the word out there.

To keep others safe please take a lateral flow test before attending, don’t attend if feeling unwell and please wear a face mask. No dogs except guide dogs please.

As you can imagine things might change so please watch this space for latest updates. Or that space! Or that space! Or even this space! (Depending on which, if any, social media platforms you use!)

Manchester & Salford Anarchist Bookfair is run by a small team of volunteers. The only income we get is from charges for stalls and donations.

If you want…

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Statement in support of Ryan Roberts

Bristol Anarchist Black Cross - Prisoner Support

On 25th October, Ryan Roberts is on trial in Bristol on charges of riot and arson relating to the Kill the Bill demo on 21st March 2021. Ryan has been held on remand since April and is the first defendant to face trial following the events of that night.

We stand in solidarity with Ryan and all KTB defendants. The police acted with impunity at the KTB demos. Protesters sitting in the road were violently attacked. People were pepper-sprayed, and hit with batons and shields. 62 people were injured in the KTB protests that took place in Bristol in March.

But they only call it violence when we fight back.

It is not a crime to fight back against police violence and state repression. We cannot stand to one side when people are beaten. And every one of us has a duty to stand in solidarity with those persecuted for…

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How to become f̶i̶n̶a̶n̶c̶i̶a̶l̶l̶y free

Leeds SolFed

In some online videos recently, I noticed how scam-artist buy-to-let landlords describe
“passive income” (money leeched off exploited tenants) as being a golden ticket to “financial freedom”. Ironically, these parasites are somewhat closer to the truth of what freedom is than those who naively believe we all already have it. Indeed, freedom is about having the things we need to exist as we like, rather than having a choice between different soap brands, or the ability to buy a house if your parents are rich enough.

Because these landlords have swindled their way into this position, they do in fact have what they need and can exist as they like. They can spend their money on all manner of nice things: buying overpriced watches or – as they like to do – enriching themselves forever, making pointless money out of pointless money. The rest of us, however, do not…

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Jordan: Dissolution of Jordanian Teachers’ Association, dismissal of teachers and obstruction of union work

Wessex Solidarity

If the following story sounds familiar, it’s because this is an ongoing struggle. And we need your help to win. 

The Education International, with the support of the International Trade Union Confederation, is calling on the Jordanian government to protest the dissolution of the Jordanian Teachers’ Association (JTA) and the massive dismissals of teachers including 14 JTA leaders.

In their statement, the union leaders say that “Criminalisation of legitimate trade union activities including marches and demonstrations is unacceptable.”

They are calling on Jordan’s government

• to unconditionally reinstate the dismissed leaders of the Jordanian Teachers’ Association and the 65 teachers who were forced to retire early;

• to lift the suspension of JTA union activities;

• to guarantee the fundamental rights and democratic freedoms of educators and all workers, including freedom of expression and of association and the right to assembly, which are essential to the functioning of independent trade…

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No Feminism without Trans People

Outside the Circle

Walking around on a gray day listening to a podcast about how potentially liberatory forms of having pride in one’s identity, especially when those identities are systematically under attack, can and have turned into the opposite—that is, nonliberatory forms of an essentialist “us” versus “them” in which the “them”(s) are hardened into enemies to be excluded, attacked, or harmed/killed—when I saw this phrase, wheat pasted on the repeatedly stolen lands of Tio’tia:ke/Montreal: “No feminism without trans people.”

It should go without saying, yes/oui? “Feminism” isn’t, or shouldn’t be, attached a particular body, a particular border, a narrowness that limits the horizon of what should and could be possible when we liberate ourselves patriarchy and heteronormativity. It should be, and at times has been or is, an ethic that stresses forms of liberatory social relations and social organization all at cross-purposes with, and seeking to abolish, how social constructions of gender…

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