The government have given the boss of work programme fraudsters A4e, Emma Harrison, the boot. She will no longer act as an adviser to David Cameron after the magnificent resistance that has been shown to workfare, because they know they are defending the indefensible; modern day slavery.
Defending against criticism that the schemes are slave labour and subsidise greedy bosses profits Chris Grayling said, “The allegations about this scheme are absurd”. Yet when pitching the Work Programme to bosses in November he said, “Recruitment is a grind. Money spent on advertising…Wouldn’t you prefer a service that did that for you for free?” Minutes from a December DWP meeting attended by fraudsters A4e show:
A working group will be set up with providers and employers to work through the detail and implications of the wage subsidy.
The Employment Minister is a liar and a cheat who is no stranger to fiddling the books himself. He continued to claim thousands of pounds of public money for work done to renovate a property for up to a year after the work had been completed. The house was also bought with public money – despite being just 17miles from Grayling’s constituency residence.
Harrison’s A4e has been handed more than £200m of workfare contracts by the Tories and she helped herself to £8.6m of it last year alone. Presumably Chris Grayling and Ian Duncan-Smith considered this a fair rate of pay for Emma’s hard work cooking the books while forcing people to work in the companies office for free. This money could have provided paid training & employment for tens of thousands, instead they have been forced into working for private businesses who are making millions of pounds in profit on the back of their free labour.
We are glad that Emma Harrison is no longer an adviser to the Prime Minister and we hope she will no longer be “in and out of Number 10″, as she has previously described her relationship with the government. However we will not be satisfied with a cheap attempt to scapegoat one dodgy boss while the government continues to press ahead with it’s programme of turning millions of unemployed people into slaves for big business, selling off our NHS and destroying the jobs and services which we all need. The government must end it’s dealings with A4e and other workfare ‘providers’, scrap it’s unpaid labour schemes and start directly investing in training and jobs for the 2.68million unemployed.
The backing down of Tesco and those who have followed in jumping clear from the government’s sinking ship shows the power of protest. This is a battle we must win – join the protests, refuse to work for free and support the strike on March 28 – Together we can kick out the Tories before they kick us into the gutter – Grayling must go!
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