Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Guardian: New Labour's new workhouse

Guardian: New Labour's new workhouse

'The government's proposals to make the unemployed work for their dole has sinister implications for Britain's job market'

Article by Gregor Gall

It should particularly frighten the working poor at the bottom end of the jobs market – those in unskilled and low-paid work. The rationale for this is that there is no reason why, in the attempt to "re-integrate" the so-called "work shy" back into work, that the work they are forced to do is not just community service work. It could include any number of menial labouring tasks like street cleaning, gardening, basic maintenance and so on that people currently get paid for in order to earn their living.

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