The news that the jobless total in the UK has shrunk is, good news. That is it could and should be but is it?
In the late Summer and early Autumn of 2012 the jobless total fell dramatically. This it has been claimed, at least in part, was due to strong jobs growth in the private sector. It seems that for every job lost to austerity cuts in the public sector two were created in the private sector.
At least as there is a minimum wage, for now, these jobs were not undercutting regular paid jobs but that is not strictly true. Many jobs in the UK private sector are part-time. The hours will be enough to remove a person from living solely on welfare payments but in order to survive most will need income top ups. In effect then they are still living on benefit with presumably the bosses of private industry being the overall winners.
Supermarkets such as Asda for example rarely employ any person for more than 22 hours a week, contractually that is. Managers and those training to be managers will be expected to work all hours god sends. On the shop floor it will be extra hours as and when necessary. This is open to abuse. It means that if you dare to speak out you will not get extra hours. It also means that you can never bank on any extra hours.
As a nation of part time workers these days overtime, when it is worked, is not for overtime pay. Unless you work what is classed as a full time working week extra hours worked are for single time. A win win situation for employers.
Asda is of course used only as an example as most if not all supermarkets work this way. They do pay competitive pay with various perks thrown in. They never usually recognise Unions though and so the workers have no support. Instead it is the survival of the fittest. He or she who shouts the loudest, creeps the best or you get the picture, is the ultimate winner.
Today's news claimed that "Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed the number of jobless fell by 86,000 to 2.51 million in the three months to October."
On the face it you have to say hooray but it is not really good news. Here is what we think:
Government never face up to the fact that in the 21st Century full unemployment is a myth. Even in the best of times there will be some people unemployed. These days men and women work and there are just not enough jobs to go around. They can paint it up how they like but that is a fact.
Of course the Coalition like to make out that the unemployed of the UK are merely slackards not prepared to get out of bed in a morning and hot foot it too work. It suits them to spread that nonsense. It results in ordinary people looking to their neighbours, judging and comparing without any idea of facts.
Cameron and his cronies would rather we all did that than look closely at what they and their fat cats are up to. In a way each time we fall for it and you hear an ordinary person perpetuate the myth you have to believe that in many ways British working people get what they deserve.
They would be better waking up and looking further afield. Ian Duncan Smith likes to say how he wants to make it that the neighbour who "gets up and goes to work is better off than the one next door who snoozes in bed."
Don't be fooled though that does not mean he will help first neighbour. Instead he will financially hit second neighbour to widen the divide. Heaven forbid he actually made those who can afford to pay up contribute more.
If you want to look at workers getting money for old rope look no further than the Coalition government.
This is the timetable of recess dates for Members of Parliament:
Whitsun 24 May 2012 11 June 2012
Summer 17 July 2012 3 September 2012
Conference 18 September 2012 15 October 2012
Autumn 13 November 2012 19 November 2012
Christmas 20 December 2012 7 January 2013
February 14 February 2013 25 February 2013
Easter 26 March 2013 15 April 2013
Whitsun 21 May 2013 3 June 2013
Summer 18 July 2013 2 September 2013
Conference 13 September 2013 8 October 2013
Autumn November 12 November 2013 18 November 2013
Christmas 19 December 2013 6 January 2014
It hardly seems worth getting out of bed for, does it? Yet Duncan Smith has the gall to espouse his class dividing garbage. Add to this that a review of Ministers salaries has recommended a huge pay increase to around £90,000 plus a year and you have to wonder how any dare rise to their feet and catcall even a sloth.
Shame on them
Based in Yorkshire, in the middle of the UK, almost, this blogger offers her own unique perspective on life in GB
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