Organising Against Zero Hours & Workfare – MEETING TONIGHT!

Following the successful public meeting last week, anyone interested in fighting back against the attacks on our employment rights & benefits is invited to join us at a follow up meeting.

WEDNESDAY 30TH OCTOBER

FRIENDS MEETING HOUSE LECTURE ROOM 7.30PM

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About Brighton Benefits Campaign

Fighting the assault on welfare since 2010
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2 Responses to Organising Against Zero Hours & Workfare – MEETING TONIGHT!

  1. ED says:

    Benefit Sanctions Must Be Stopped Without Exceptions in UK?
    Petition Calling For Benefit Sanctions To Be Scrapped Hits Nearly 2000 Signatures In First Few Hours
    http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/benefit-sanctions-must-be-stopped-without-exceptions-in-uk

  2. Jeff Smith says:

    UNIVERSAL JOBMATCH STORY

    Once upon a time there were three little pigs, who became unemployed.
    Soon they had no food in the house, and being pigs, they didn’t like it.
    They decided that one of them would have to go and sign-on at the Jobcentre.
    None of them was very keen on this idea, for the Jobcentre had a bad reputation. It was known as a place where unpleasant things happened to people known as ‘the unemployed’.

    So reluctantly, the first little pig went into town, and called at the Jobcentre
    to sign-on.
    At the desk was a wolf, called Advisor, who smiled when he saw the little pig.
    ” Hello little piggy, I’m here to help you get a job ”, he said.
    And the little pig signed all the papers that Advisor asked him to.
    And foolishly, he allowed full access to his Universal Jobmatch Account.
    He didn’t really understand this, but it seemed a good idea, and Mr.Wolf was so nice and friendly.
    But the first time that the little pig didn’t apply for a job, even though it was only part-time and very far away, he was sanctioned, and lost his Jobseekers Allowance for a month. And so the little pig ran crying all the way home, and as he now had no money, and there was no social security thanks to an evil gang called Tories, he starved to death before the end of the month.

    Now the second little pig saw what had happened to his friend, but he had no choice, and so he went down to the Jobcentre and signed-on.
    He saw the wolf, called Advisor, who tried to persuade him to allow full access to his Universal Jobmatch Account.
    But the second little pig was wiser, or thought he was, and so he declined DWP access to his UJ account.

    The wolf didn’t like this, and tried to persuade the second little pig to give him access to the UJ account. But the second little pig would not . This was awkward for the wolf, because now he couldn’t snoop on the jobseeking activities of the second little pig. He couldn’t for example see if the little pig had refused a job, or what he was applying for. He couldn’t see if he had refused to apply for a recommended job. And he couldn’t get into the account to put lots of jobs on the list for the little pig to apply for, which the wolf liked doing.

    This won’t do thought the wolf, I’ll have to try a trick to get into the UJ account. And so the wolf pretended that there was a special rule which meant that when the little pig came to sign-on he would have to let the wolf see his UJ account, and provide screen prints from it. Even though the little pig had officially declined DWP access.This wasn’t really true of course, because the little pig was protected by EU privacy law, and no access meant no viewing, and no screen prints either.

    But the second little piggy didn’t know this, and he didn’t want to annoy Mr.Wolf or lose his Jobseeker’s Allowance. So next time he visited the Jobcentre, he let the wolf see his UJ account, and provided screen prints.

    Now these screen prints showed that the second little pig had not been doing enough in his Job Activity List, and worse, that he had not applied for a job at the local bacon factory. And so the second little pig was sanctioned, and lost all his money. He would have starved to death too, but fortunately he was hit by a bus instead while crossing the road, which just goes to show.

    The third little pig was the wisest of the three, and he went down to the Jobcentre and signed-on. He saw the evil wolf Advisor, and refused to provide
    DWP access to his account. The little piggy didn’t listen to the wolf when he tried to persuade him, nor did he believe the trick about the special rule.
    And the evil wolf huffed and puffed, and threatened the little piggy.
    But the third little pig stood firm, for he knew that EU privacy law protected him. And the third little pig was able to keep his jobsearch private, away from the wolf. He didn’t have to explain why he hadn’t applied for a particular job.
    The wolf couldn’t check his jobsearch activity, or jobsearch time.
    He couldn’t put extra jobs into the account to be applied for.
    All because the little piggy had declined access and kept his privacy. In fact the third little pig didn’t use the UJ account at all, for it was a stupid thing really, and full of things to trap an unwary pig.

    So the third little pig just did what he had to do, and no more.
    He posted a public CV on the UJ account, and he provided a single print out of this, the only print out he legally had to make. He gave this to the wolf, Advisor. He logged in to the UJ account from time to time to check if any employers had offered him a job. Of course they never did, but this was part of a strange game that was played at the Jobcentre, so he didn’t mind.

    Most importantly, the third little pig did not use the UJ account at all for any jobsearching, nor put any of his applications into the online Jobsearch Activity List.
    He just ignored the whole nasty thing. He did his jobsearch using other online search engines. These were much better anyway than Universal Jobmatch, which had been designed by a monster employed by the evil Tories.

    The third little piggy wrote all of his jobsearch details down on a form that Mr. Wolf had to provide for him, even though he didn’t like this much, called a Fortnightly Jobsearch Record. He carefully filled this in every day, and came to his fortnightly sign-on with printed evidence of his jobsearch. This included Application Confirmations, which he could easily get from internet job search sites, and which were very useful for this purpose.
    So this little piggy claimed his Jobseekers Allowance and lived happily ever after. Or at least as happily as you could do, bearing in mind the continual cutbacks in the benefit system.
    And the moral of this story is, when you go down to the Jobcentre to sign-on, which little pig are you going to be ?

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