Universal Credit Staff Go On Strike

Workers-in-call-centre-officeCall centre staff in charge of helping people through the Tories’ welfare reforms are going on strike in an objection against their progressively harsh working culture.  Almost 1,500 Universal Credit workers are walking out following protests of employee deficits, poor training and money wasted on IT that wasn’t used.

They maintain they’re being given unfeasible goals as the governments top line to reshape is rolled out across Britain, over its original time limit and financial plan.  Bolton and Glasgow staff will walk out for 48 hours next Monday and Tuesday after 84% of the Public and Commercial Services Union Members elected for a strike.  The attendance was 56%.

The strike could roll out to other Universal Credit service centres in Bangor. Basildon, Dundee, Makerfield and Middlesbrough, union bosses said.  It’s the latest in a string of blows to Iain Duncan Smiths bid to roll a package of benefits into one simple payment.

Cost of Universal Credit has climbed to about £16 billion, and it will now take 9 years, a damaging watchdog report established last month.  Enormous costs incorporate £40 million which was used on computer codes which then wasn’t used, with officials admitting in 2013 it would end up having no value.


The PCS survey earlier this year established that 90% of staff still had concerns the IT network wouldn’t be good enough.  A think tank has as well picked holes in the welfare reform itself, saying fractures in the network will leave some people not wanting to look for work.

Yet, more and more trades that are posted state, that along with a requirement to have a degree and skills doing x, y, and z, the applicant must be in employment.  This is becoming ever more widespread as more and more people look for work.

There have been numerous reports about this sort of thing, and this presents a vast stumbling block, since there are plenty of people out there that are keen to work, but as time goes on, and their unemployment becomes long, they then misplace the eagerness to do anything about it.

The ignition to their keenness to work goes out as one day become two days, two days becomes a week, a week becomes a month, a month becomes a year, and then a year goes on until hell freezes over, and in the end the jobless are identified as work-shy and slothful.

There are some extremely hard-working people out there, that by no fault of their own have been made redundant, however, that doesn’t make them lazy, however, our ignorant government imagine that its smart enough to label them so, after all, the facts and figures say so, and they continually make us familiar with the statistics because thats all they have.

Its just a systemised and controlled product of control by the government, an accumulation of people who assemble together in an attempt to harvest human beings into common peasants for their own merriment, however, what they’re doing to us is insulting, and philistine in every way, but they like to be predators.

They love the hunt, like in the film Hunger Games where we are being abused and demoralised.  It’s just a vicious formation of indoctrination using a venom that induces the greatest possible fear, however, we need to reinstate our sanity.

The preference for employing the already working person has gone on for years and years, the distinction was, it used to be that hardly any people were jobless, because unemployment was low, and there was more of a chance that if you were out-of-work, you were at fault.

It’s always been easier to obtain a job when you have a job, and employing somebody is really hard, so businesses use proxies to help them.  We’re all familiar with an extremely simple proxy, the degree.  High school, college, or graduate degrees is in fact nothing more than a proxy for understanding, tenacity, and enough social skills to not get kicked out.

Bosses presume that your school was capable of telling if you were qualified for a degree. So they trust the school’s appraisal of you.  Since its really hard to tell how you’ll perform on the job, hiring managers look and see that another company values your work enough to carry on employing you, and if you don’t have a job, its like not having a degree, however, it doesn’t mean you’re not able, its just another proxy.

There used to be a time when you didn’t need an intermediary, and why should there be any class distinction, if you can do the work, or at least be given the prospect to show that you can at least do the job, one should be given the benefit of the doubt – And what is it with all these Cirriculum Vitae’s?

The idea was that we were a nation of equal opportunities, however, that’s not actually the case.  When they say equal, what they in fact mean is that you can put in an application for the job as an equal, but they don’t in fact have to hire you as an equal, they don’t even have to answer your job application, they can just leave you in the dark like a mushroom, not knowing whether you have the job or not.  Although it’s safe to say if you haven’t heard back from them inside 2 weeks, you safely don’t have the job.

The thing is, we are mushrooms, kept in the dark, and fed shit – It’s all bullshit!  They want to know the ins and outs of a cats posterior, they want this qualification, and that qualification, however, if you’re on Jobseekers Allowance, then of course you can work for free for your money, and it really doesn’t matter what qualifications you have at all, so long as your doing slave labour for a bunch of imbeciles who feed off what they consider the lower classes, its called entrapment.

We’ve all seen the stories about people being fired for sleeping on the job, stealing, being rude to customers or siphoning off thousands of pounds into private accounts.  Somehow our psyches seem to think that those are the only reason why people lose jobs.  Even people who have been laid off in the past somehow think that they were the exceptions, not the rule.  Being unemployed is a big problem, so you’re not taken into consideration.  It doesn’t matter that the higher unemployment is, the more likely you are to have competent people unemployed, the stereotype persists.

Businesses are flooded with candidates, and even some fast food chains require people to be working before bearing them in mind.  Ordinarily, fast food outlets are the first place you’d think would be employing the jobless, however, the mounting unemployment ratio means that more and more people are trying to get any work, and companies don’t like to employ people who want any job, they want to hire people who want this job, and the one way of cutting through applicants is to remove the any job applicants, and these are most likely to be the out-of-work.

The thing is that skills do decline without use, and if say you’re a nurse, and go 9 months without starting an IV drip, it means you’ll require some refreshers and additional help before you’re up to speed again.  If you’re a statistician, and go 12 months without doing a statistical analysis, it means you’ll have to think a little bit harder to do that first one.  Some professions are more skill heavy than others, and some have higher learning curves than others, and companies want people who require the smallest amount of instruction as possible.

The government know all this, however, their comeback is that people who are on Jobseekers are of no significance unless they’re employed, and if they’re not working and on Jobseekers, that they are less important in the food chain, and not worthy, which has constantly bewildered me, since I was under the premonition that everyone is deserving since we are all human beings with blood coursing through our blood vessels.

Finding a job is never simple, and in an economy with soaring unemployment, it’s even more arduous, but don’t presume that because you’re out-of-work you’ll never find work again.  Plenty of people can benefit from making some changes in how they approach their job hunts, and businesses would be smart to put an end the ill-conceived practice of discriminating, albeit legally, in nearly all cases, against the out-of-work before the government steps in and expands the rules.  There are a huge number of quality people who would be an asset to any organisation out there, and companies would be silly to exclude them.

Published by Angela Lloyd

My vision on life is pretty broad, therefore I like to address specific subjects that intrigue me. Therefore I really appreciate the world of politics, though I have no actual views on who I will vote for, that I will not tell you, so please do not ask! I am like an observation station when it comes to writing, and I simply take the news and make it my own. I have no expectations, I simply love to write, and I know this seems really odd, but I don't get paid for it, I really like what I do and since I am never under any pressure, I constantly find that I write much better, rather than being blanketed under masses of paperwork and articles that I am on a deadline to complete. The chances are, that whilst all other journalists are out there, ripping their hair out, attempting to get their articles completed, I'm simply rambling along at my convenience creating my perfect piece. I guess it must look pretty unpleasant to some of you that I work for nothing, perhaps even brutal. Perhaps I have an obvious disregard for authority, I have no idea, but I would sooner be working for myself, than under somebody else, excuse the pun! Small I maybe, but substantial I will become, eventually. My desk is the most chaotic mess, though surprisingly I know where everything is, and I think that I would be quite unsuited for a desk job. My views on matters vary and I am extremely open-minded to the stuff that I write about, but what I write about is the truth and getting it out there, because the people must be acquainted. Though I am quite entertained by what goes on in the world. My spotlight is mostly to do with politics, though I do write other material as well, but it's essentially politics that I am involved in, and I tend to concentrate my attention on that, however, information is essential. If you have information the possibilities are endless because you are only limited by your own imagination...

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