Thursday 11 October 2012

Resist Tory plans to make the jobless destitute

The Tories have announced their plans for even greater attacks on the unemployed and benefit claimants at their annual conference this week.

Cameron has stated that it is “sink or swim” for his fantasy “aspiration nation”, but while the Tories are providing a life-raft for the bankers and bosses, with £375 billion in quantitative easing handouts so far, they want to tie a lead weight to the chances of the millions trying to find work.

They are aiming for another £10 billion of cuts from the welfare budget. This money provides a lifeline for those who — no matter how hard they strive — are trapped without work in the Tories’ double-dip recession . Meanwhile the obscenely wealthy bankers and bosses have shirked the responsibility to pay for their crisis and instead been rewarded with tax-cuts and bonuses.

David Cameron and George Osborne see nothing wrong with handouts for the rich but are happy to steal bread from the mouths of the poorest in Britain. The numbers relying on food banks for their survival has rocketed under the coalition, thousands of claimants are left reliant on them after having their benefits sanctioned. Charities providing foodbanks have already warned that the latest cuts could push them to breaking point.

Plans to extend benefit sanctions to up to 3 years, alongside absurd new conditions that insist on 35 hours of online searching for non-existent jobs (presumably on computers and internet connections that many unemployed people will find impossible to afford), will leave thousands more facing the prospect of destitution.

It is vital that these plans are stopped in their tracks. Unemployed workers, disabled activists and others who will be hit by the Tory assault on welfare should join the TUC demonstration for A Future That Works on Saturday 20 October – assemble 11am-1pm on the Embankment (between Embankment and Blackfriars stations). For details of coaches to London on the day check out the transport list at falseeconomy.

 

Right to Work has been invited to run a workshop on organising unemployed people at the Unite the Resistance national conference. For full details and to book your place visit uniteresist.org now.

Unite the Resistance national conference

The Fight Against Austerity
Saturday 17 November - 11am-5pm

The Emmanuel Centre
9 – 23 Marsham Street
London SW1P 3DW

(Nearest tubes Victoria, Westminster, St James’s Park, Pimlico)

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7 comments

  1. Joe Quigley said:

    Small one-off types of protests are basically a waste of time, they may get a mention in the local news but nationally they are ignored.

    What you really need to do is have a demo that can’t be ignored and will deeply embarrass Cameron and the tory government.

    Why not have another Jarrow march? It may start small but will grow massively as people get to hear of it and join in – something of that size CAN’T be ignored and will go global within a very short time – lets see Cameron then trying to tell thye world how it’s a good idea to save £10 billion in benefits and let 25,000 pensioners freeze to death while giving away £12 billion in ‘foreign aid’ (which we all know will go to companies run by tories abroad).

    I’ll join the march, anyone else?

    18 October 2012 at 10:17am
  2. Jemima said:

    Naaa….just start building a Hooverville in London…..somewhere legal but really inconvenient……

    28 October 2012 at 6:13pm
  3. frank said:

    It is worrying what is happening at a time of such few jobs. Why do we the majority allow such a handful of privileged toffs to bully us in this way? All the wealth is syphoning off to the few at the top and we are allowing it. We need to stand together and say NO

    1 November 2012 at 11:18am
  4. CRAIG TOMKINSON said:

    Those who are in work should NOT selfishly judge the Unemployed, how long do they think they will have there job for if the bosses can find slave labour from Workfare. This will destroy jobs i call on Unions to call a General Strike down with this Fascist Coalition and there boot boys!

    23 November 2012 at 3:23am
  5. CRAIG TOMKINSON said:

    The Royals should be kicked out of the Palace and out of London. What have these bunch of parasites done to deserve to live in london when there tory friends are cleansing the poor.

    23 November 2012 at 3:30am
  6. Paul said:

    Anyone who says there are no jobs is talking rubbish. There are loads of jobs. The problem is that the jobs are simply not worthwhile. The financial gain is wiped out by rent and council tax and people don’t feel the benefit of them at all. That is the problem. No-one wants to stack shelves or mop floors. They simply are nothing to aspire too. What I want to see is some incentive to make employers pay people a better wage for living out there uninspired lives. A living wage not a minimum wage.

    10 December 2012 at 9:29pm
  7. Paul said:

    Start by controlling rent levels to give people a fighting chance of paying them. without tax credits and housing benefit. How can the economy grow when people are left with no money ? That’s what I would like to know. It doesn’t take a degree in economics to realize this simple truth.x
    An close the Tax loopholes for big businesses.

    10 December 2012 at 9:39pm

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