Disabled campaigners reveal Labour's own forced labour scheme
Today, Labour MPs abstained on draconian emergency legislation being rushed through by Iain Duncan Smith to allow the government to keep benefits they withdrew because claimants failed to keep up with a Workfare scheme.
Now it turns out that the party is concocting its own forced labour scheme. Disabled people’s campaign groups Disabled People Against Cuts and Black Triangle have revealed that the Labour campaign against the bedroom tax (itself the subject of confusion about Labour policy) has released a policy document which commits the party to supporting compulsory work.
The groups have issued a joint statement, copied below, which they are asking people to sign.
As the statement says:
“This means that those unemployed and disabled men and women, who campaign against the Bedroom Tax within the Labour Party will, in effect, be campaigning for their own forced labour under a future Labour government”.
Let’s stand with these disabled activists. The full statement, including the link to where you can sign it, is below.
Joint Statement and Petition by DPAC and Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign in Defence of Disability Rights on the Labour Party Anti-Bedroom Tax Campaign
Unbelievably, the UK Labour Party, currently in opposition, has launched a campaign against the government Bedroom Tax welfare, but bizarrely, this contains an equally draconian welfare reform.
In the campaign script (page 4) of the document, ‘Labour Party Campaign Against the Bedroom Tax’ issued by the Shadow DWP Minister, Liam Byrne, we are told:
*“The best way to bring down the benefits bill is to get people into jobs. That’s why Labour is calling for a tough but fair compulsory jobs guarantee.
“We would offer anyone who has been out of work for more than two years a real job – one that they would be required to take, no ifs and no buts…”
“Britain needs real welfare reform that is tough, fair and that works….”
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED,
Urge all disabled and non-disabled activists campaigning against Tory welfare reform and in particular, the Bedroom Tax, to call on Labour members, constituency parties, plus affiliated and non-affiliated unions and political groups, to:
Challenge the Parliamentary Labour Party in the strongest terms, on why it considers compulsory labour necessary to combat the Bedroom Tax.
To start with, they should be told:
1. To use the current protests against the bedroom tax by disabled activists and others as a Trojan horse from which to promote a policy of benefits that is conditional on compulsory work is utterly beyond the pale.
This means that those unemployed and disabled men and women, who campaign against the Bedroom Tax within the Labour Party will, in effect, be campaigning for their own forced labour under a future Labour government.
2. We have to be absolutely clear: There is no such thing as a civilized society that treats people in inhumane and degrading ways.
A welfare ‘safety net’ conditional on exchanging labour for an uncertain standard of material life is a contradiction in terms.
3. No real job is compulsory – does the Labour Party understand the economic meaning of free labour? If not, how can it run any kind of economy, let alone a socially just economy?
A Labour Party welfare policy should support those whose lack of social power has reduced their circumstances, not compete with a Tory-led government to smear them as feckless and undeserving of a living wage.
4. Liam Byrne should immediately strike out all references to work conditionality or compulsory work, attached to the Labour Party Campaign Against the Bedroom Tax.
NO FORCED LABOUR UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES AND NO SANCTIONS FOR ANY REASON
To add your name to this statement, please click : HERE
My life efectivly ended in 1993,all my life I’ve only ever had one goal,but,when I was old enough to start art school I went insane and droped out,sffter I got out of the looney bin I was suposed to go back for outpatient treatment on wendsdays,but,because my name beguins with “M” I couldn’t go.I’ve since discovered if you have to go to hostpital on a particular day you’re allowed to change your signing on day,besided,I was insane,I should’ve been on dissability not unemployment,but no one told me.Eventualy I thought I’d got my life back on track,I was offered a place at The Sir Henry Doulton School Of |Sculpture,it was mostly post grad students,but I’d worked hard and I was good enough,but they were full,I was told I could start in a year,6 months before I was due to start they went bankrupt,I blame NATO,if it hadn’t been for NATO the Soviets would’ve won the cold war,if they’d won they’d’ve nationalise everything,nationalised industries can’t go bankrupt so I’d’ve graduated and I’d have a reason to go on liveing,sadly I’m too much of a coward to kill myself,so,every day I go through the motions of my pointless existence.I especialy hate the Royal Familie,why was the Queen born rich,what great deads did she do before she was born thar she deserves to be born with more money than me.I’d like to kill everybody on the “Sunday Times Rich List”,especialy Sir Paul Macartney,”I Don’t Care Too Much For Money” my arse!I remember the good old days,I’d come home from school and watch Blue Peter,then my father’d come home and put the news on,on a good day Regionald Bosanquet would anounce that Der Rotte Armee Fraktion has killed a rich man,I’ve always hated people with more money than me,now the only terorists are muslims,slag on slag,all NATO soldiers deserve to die because they belive in capitalism,all muslims deserve to die because they belive in God.Rich people want us to belive in Gos because if we belive there’s a pie in the sky waiting for us when we die we won’t demand a fair redistribution of wealth here on Earth,look at that hypocritical rich bitch Queen pretending she’s a christian,the Bible says “it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom od God”,if she realy belived that she’dgive all her money to charity.I just want to kill every millionaire on the planet.
@James: No you moronic tory toff, now fuck off.
James – well, you too are being screwed by someone, and we should oppose that too.
I have to get up at 6.30am every morning and get back at 8pm, is that also forced labour?