Saturday 30 June 2012

Protestors gather at Job Centre where claimant set himself alight

50 Protestors gathered outside Selly Oak job centre in Birmingham on Saturday to protest at government attacks on the unemployed.

On Thursday a man tied himself to the railings outside the Job Centre, poured a flammable liquid on himself and set himself alight.

Such a desperate act is a sign of how some people are being driven to despair by the continuing government attacks on the unemployed, claimants, homeless and disabled people.

Cameron and Ian Duncan Smith are continuing their relentless cuts in welfare. Cameron recently proposed that under 25s should have housing benefit removed. This would leave young unemployed workers entirely dependent on their relatives for housing. This would also include employed workers on low pay. Anyone who has looked at the jobs in a job centre will see that many are on the minimum wage, far too low to cover most housing costs.

This latest proposal follows on the heels of the endless Workfare scandals, where unemployed people are forced to work for their benefits, but with no extra pay. The Work Programme was brought in by the ConDems less than a year ago and it is unknown how many people it has ‘helped into work’. We do know that thousands of people are being forced into unpaid work.

Protests earlier in the year against Workfare forced many companies to withdraw from the programme, and others to demand that it should not be compulsory.  The Work Programme hit the headlines most recently when young unemployed people were left to sleep under a bridge before working through the day at the Jubilee.

Currently Cait Reilly and Jamieson Wilson are challenging the government in the High Court after being forced onto Workfare schemes.

In a welcome development UNITE the Union has announced a total boycott of Workfare denouncing it as ‘state-sponsored slavery’.

There are over 1 million under 25’s currently unemployed with 2.61 million people currently unemployed. The government see them as an easy target and seek to save billions more by attacking their benefits and forcing them to work for free.

The desperate man in Birmingham who set himself alight is a reminder of the human cost of the ConDem cuts. If Cameron &Co are allowed to get away with more attacks there will be many more people driven to take desperate action. The blame for their blood and their pain lies squarely with the government.

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5 comments

  1. alan b clark said:

    SHOCKING, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD GO DOWN ON THIER HANDS AND KNEES , BOW THIER HEADS AND ASK GOD FOR FORGIVENESS AND MERCY, THE PEOPLE WILL RISE IN A COLLECTIVE REBELION , MANY LIVES WILL BE LOST IN THE RISE TO FREEDOM, IT WILL BE WORTH IT.THEY ARE KILLING US AT PRESENT . WE THE PEOPLE ARE MORE POWERFULL AND GREATER IN NUMBER , WE WILL RULE. GOD HELP US.

    1 July 2012 at 4:54pm
  2. Bill Green said:

    An absolute discrace but typical of the Tory party. Perhaps it is time that MP’s allowances and staffing costs which is often used to employ their own family members, was stopped. It would be pointless means testing it as they hide most of their money away in tax havens.

    2 July 2012 at 11:52am
  3. DAVE said:

    IS THERE ANY GROUPS IN THE WORC/BIRM AREA I CAN GET INVOLVED
    THANKS, DAVE

    2 July 2012 at 1:53pm
  4. Rosalie Kelly said:

    How much longer are we going to put up with this from the the Tory’s???????????

    2 July 2012 at 10:03pm
  5. Marc said:

    Well common sense has prevailed: http://www.nucleus.org.uk/jsa-sanctions-declared-unlawful-by-the-high-court/

    If the Tories carry on the way they are things WILL only get worse. Then you will either get a mass rise in emigration where people leave because they have had enough and will NEVER return, or things will gradually turn ugly. They thought last years riots were bad, but civil war is worse. Yes, thats what I mean by ugly. If Carry On Cameron does just that then it will head down one road or the other and I wouldn’t be surprised if its the latter.

    19 August 2012 at 5:14pm

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