I am against people working for their dole.
Whilst you're working for that dole you're not able to do other things
that might improve work prospects - people should be encouraged to
study, do short-hour voluntary work to try different fields, to expand
Shoving people into short-term contracts with
commercial organisations to answer phones or stack shelves doesn't help
people find work, it just makes people feel like the dole isn't an easy
ride and therefore less resentful of those in receipt of it.
Can people on Workfare join unions? No, because they're short term
contracts. Who will protect the rights of those on Workfare? The DWP
isn't exactly known for standing up for workers' rights. What if a
Workfare provider just takes people for 8 weeks time and time again,
maybe interviewing people at the end of their time, but never taking
anyone on for paid work?
How do you think disabled people will
fare on Workfare schemes? There's no Access to Work provision for
voluntary work, and without being on sickness benefits people often
aren't recognised by DWP staff as needing access adjustments.
What about parents? Or carers? They will also be forced into workfare,
which isn't going to be as flexible as it might need to be.
dole shouldn't be conditional on people working for it - if there's a
job to do, and it's with a commercial organisation, that should be a
paid position. Work for dole becomes akin to work-based punishment -
it's punitive, demeaning, and unhelpful.
I did the maths - one
person employed for 30 hours a week, for 8 weeks, not being paid £6.50
an hour is donating £1,560's worth of labour. Multiply that out to the
24,010* that have done Workfare so far and that's £37,455,600 of donated
Voluntary work needs to be voluntary - given willingly,
not through coercion, or the whole basis of volunteer work is
undermined and demeaned.
Something I hear said is why should "the taxpayer" fund people who "choose not to work?"
If someone has “chosen not to work” they need to be shown what can
be achieved with work – and a short-term job, without the benefit of a
decent wage packet gives an individual neither the social benefits of
working (meeting new people, building self-confidence, developing
skills, for example) nor the extrinsic satisfaction of a healthy pay
packet. That’s why I say it’s simply punitive. If people are employed
for 8 weeks, pay them their 8 weeks’ wages! Then maybe people will start
seeing why it’s worth working.
If someone “chooses not to work”, why is that? Why is life on £54 a
week + some rent a better choice for someone than work with a proper
I suspect often people will have underlying unaddressed depression
or anxiety disorders – but the DWP will do nothing to help address that.
Or unrecognised learning difficulties – again, being sent on key skills
courses may be useful, but learning to read & write doesn’t help
with the wider cognitive issues linked to Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or ADHD.
And now, to add to this, people on Employment Support Allowance –
people considered disabled in such a way that they may be capable of some work in the future face fucking indefinite “voluntary” placements or face sanctions!