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Monday, 21 April 2014

Hunger and Food Poverty in the UK - 294 MPs voted against request to hold an investigation

Hunger & Food Poverty in the UK - 294 MP's voted against a motion to investigate chronic food poverty - NAMED & SHAMED


On 18 December 2013, 294 MP's voted against Labour’s request to hold an investigation into Hunger and Food Poverty in the United Kingdom. You can verify that (here). Below are a list of their names.



Adams, Nigel
Afriyie, Adam
Aldous, Peter
Amess, Mr David
Andrew, Stuart
Bacon, Mr Richard
Baker, Steve
Baldry, rh Sir Tony
Baldwin, Harriett
Barker, rh Gregory
Baron, Mr John
Barwell, Gavin
Bebb, Guto
Beith, rh Sir Alan
Benyon, Richard
Beresford, Sir Paul
Bingham, Andrew
Blackman, Bob
Blackwood, Nicola
Blunt, Mr Crispin
Bone, Mr Peter
Bradley, Karen
Brady, Mr Graham
Brake, rh Tom
Bray, Angie
Brazier, Mr Julian
Bridgen, Andrew
Brine, Steve
Brooke, Annette
Browne, Mr Jeremy
Bruce, Fiona
Bruce, rh Sir Malcolm
Buckland, Mr Robert
Burley, Mr Aidan
Burns, Conor
Burns, rh Mr Simon
Burstow, rh Paul
Burt, Lorely
Byles, Dan
Cable, rh Vince
Cairns, Alun
Carmichael, Neil
Carmichael, rh Mr Alistair
Carswell, Mr Douglas
Cash, Mr William
Chishti, Rehman
Chope, Mr Christopher
Clappison, Mr James
Clark, rh Greg
Clarke, rh Mr Kenneth
Clifton-Brown, Geoffrey
Coffey, Dr Thérèse
Collins, Damian
Colvile, Oliver
Cox, Mr Geoffrey
Crabb, Stephen
Crockart, Mike
Crouch, Tracey
Davies, David T. C.
Davies, Glyn
Davies, Philip
Davis, rh Mr David
de Bois, Nick
Djanogly, Mr Jonathan
Dorrell, rh Mr Stephen
Doyle-Price, Jackie
Drax, Richard
Duddridge, James
Duncan Smith, rh Mr Iain
Duncan, rh Mr Alan
Dunne, Mr Philip
Ellis, Michael
Ellison, Jane
Ellwood, Mr Tobias
Elphicke, Charlie
Eustice, George
Evans, Graham
Evans, Jonathan
Evans, Mr Nigel
Evennett, Mr David
Fabricant, Michael
Fallon, rh Michael
Farron, Tim
Featherstone, Lynne
Foster, rh Mr Don
Fox, rh Dr Liam
Freeman, George
Freer, Mike
Fuller, Richard
Gale, Sir Roger
Garnier, Mark
Garnier, Sir Edward
George, Andrew
Gibb, Mr Nick
Gilbert, Stephen
Glen, John
Goldsmith, Zac
Goodwill, Mr Robert
Gove, rh Michael
Graham, Richard
Gray, Mr James
Grayling, rh Chris
Green, rh Damian
Griffiths, Andrew
Gummer, Ben
Gyimah, Mr Sam
Hague, rh Mr William
Halfon, Robert
Hames, Duncan
Hammond, Stephen
Hancock, Matthew
Hancock, Mr Mike
Hands, Greg
Harper, Mr Mark
Harrington, Richard
Harris, Rebecca
Hart, Simon
Harvey, Sir Nick
Haselhurst, rh Sir Alan
Hayes, rh Mr John
Heald, Oliver
Heath, Mr David
Heaton-Harris, Chris
Hemming, John
Henderson, Gordon
Hendry, Charles
Herbert, rh Nick
Hinds, Damian
Hoban, Mr Mark
Hollingbery, George
Hollobone, Mr Philip
Holloway, Mr Adam
Hopkins, Kris
Howell, John
Hughes, rh Simon
Hunt, rh Mr Jeremy
Hurd, Mr Nick
Jackson, Mr Stewart
Javid, Sajid
Jenkin, Mr Bernard
Johnson, Joseph
Jones, Andrew
Jones, Mr Marcus
Jones, rh Mr David
Kelly, Chris
Kirby, Simon
Knight, rh Sir Greg
Kwarteng, Kwasi
Lamb, Norman
Lancaster, Mark
Lansley, rh Mr Andrew
Latham, Pauline
Laws, rh Mr David
Leadsom, Andrea
Lee, Dr Phillip
Lee, Jessica
Leech, Mr John
Lefroy, Jeremy
Leigh, Sir Edward
Leslie, Charlotte
Letwin, rh Mr Oliver
Lewis, Brandon
Lewis, Dr Julian
Liddell-Grainger, Mr Ian
Lidington, rh Mr David
Lloyd, Stephen
Lord, Jonathan
Loughton, Tim
Luff, Peter
Lumley, Karen
Macleod, Mary
Main, Mrs Anne
Maude, rh Mr Francis
May, rh Mrs Theresa
Maynard, Paul
McCartney, Jason
McCartney, Karl
McIntosh, Miss Anne
McLoughlin, rh Mr Patrick
McVey, Esther
Menzies, Mark
Metcalfe, Stephen
Mills, Nigel
Mordaunt, Penny
Morgan, Nicky
Morris, Anne Marie
Morris, David
Morris, James
Mosley, Stephen
Mowat, David
Munt, Tessa
Murray, Sheryll
Murrison, Dr Andrew
Neill, Robert
Newmark, Mr Brooks
Newton, Sarah
Norman, Jesse
Nuttall, Mr David
O’Brien, rh Mr Stephen
Offord, Dr Matthew
Ollerenshaw, Eric
Opperman, Guy
Ottaway, rh Richard
Paice, rh Sir James
Parish, Neil
Patel, Priti
Paterson, rh Mr Owen
Pawsey, Mark
Penning, Mike
Penrose, John
Percy, Andrew
Perry, Claire
Phillips, Stephen
Pincher, Christopher
Prisk, Mr Mark
Pugh, John
Randall, rh Sir John
Reckless, Mark
Redwood, rh Mr John
Rees-Mogg, Jacob
Reid, Mr Alan
Rifkind, rh Sir Malcolm
Robathan, rh Mr Andrew
Robertson, Mr Laurence
Rogerson, Dan
Rosindell, Andrew
Rudd, Amber
Ruffley, Mr David
Russell, Sir Bob
Rutley, David
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Sandys, Laura
Scott, Mr Lee
Selous, Andrew
Shapps, rh Grant
Sharma, Alok
Simmonds, Mark
Simpson, Mr Keith
Skidmore, Chris
Smith, Chloe
Smith, Henry
Smith, Julian
Soames, rh Nicholas
Soubry, Anna
Spelman, rh Mrs Caroline
Spencer, Mr Mark
Stanley, rh Sir John
Stephenson, Andrew
Stevenson, John
Stewart, Bob
Stewart, Iain
Stewart, Rory
Stride, Mel
Stuart, Mr Graham
Stunell, rh Sir Andrew
Sturdy, Julian
Swales, Ian
Swayne, rh Mr Desmond
Swinson, Jo
Swire, rh Mr Hugo
Syms, Mr Robert
Thornton, Mike
Thurso, John
Tomlinson, Justin
Tredinnick, David
Truss, Elizabeth
Turner, Mr Andrew
Tyrie, Mr Andrew
Uppal, Paul
Vaizey, Mr Edward
Vara, Mr Shailesh
Vickers, Martin
Walker, Mr Robin
Wallace, Mr Ben
Walter, Mr Robert
Ward, Mr David
Watkinson, Dame Angela
Weatherley, Mike
Webb, Steve
Wharton, James
Wheeler, Heather
White, Chris
Whittingdale, Mr John
Wiggin, Bill
Willetts, rh Mr David
Williams, Mr Mark
Williams, Roger
Williams, Stephen
Williamson, Gavin
Wilson, Mr Rob
Wright, Jeremy
Wright, Simon
Yeo, Mr Tim
Young, rh Sir George
Zahawi, Nadhim

The majority in Britain are struggling in chronic poverty unable to pay bills or purchase quality food. Meanwhile both the House of Commons & the House of Lords enjoy privilege beyond imagination.

Should we be surprised that 294 MP's voted against a parliamentary request to hold an investigation into 'Hunger and Food Poverty' in the UK ?

These Lords & MP's hold many assets (many hidden from public view), including savings & (second income wages). There are Lords & MP's who gain extra payments from industrial lobbyist.

Benefit Claimants are quite rightly 'angry' at those who sit in an 'undemocratic & an unelected House of Lords. Those MP's & those who sit in the Lords firmly believe it's OK to hold two jobs & enjoy a subsidsed restaurant & bar.

In contrast benefit claimants are struggling to buy food, pay bills or receive benefit payments'. Claimants are forced to work for free under 'Workfare' or risk benefit suspension for up to 3 years. We're demonised & patronised on a daily basis within the media. In recent years in Britain we have witness the parliamentary expenses scandal - it seems fiddling your expenses is also acceptable within the House of Lords

This
House of Commons is looking after its 'own' - ask this question : For whom does so-called 'British Parliamentary Democracy' represent ?

Our conclusion ...... contemptuous !!!


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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Million March in Spain for Dignity & Respect #22M - Police Fire on Crowds

Over a Million Marched through Spain, culminating in Madrid demanding Dignity & Respect 22M; Government of Spain Answers with Riot Police & Violence.

The day began with tons of energy as the Dignity Marches prepared to take Madrid. But it didn’t take long to realize the Spanish government wasn’t going to make this easy, as reports started coming in of buses travelling to the marches being stopped, searched and the people inside identified by the Civil Guard on the outskirts of Madrid.

The 22M organisation put out a press release saying that around 100 buses were being detained in this manner, and that they wouldn’t take any responsibility for delays caused by this cheap tactic.

FULL report available > link here
Selection of pictures > link here

Colón square started to fill up, but there were still many people who hadn’t even left Atocha yet! That was when people started calling it the Million March. A precise count is impossible, but estimates point to between one and two million people on the streets.

As the speeches of the people who had participated in the columns began, news arrived via the newspaper Publico.es that police had given the deadline of 21:30 for the organizers to disperse the protest. Afterwards, the protest would be considered illegal.

Abruptly, while the organisers were still speaking at the stage, the police started firing rubber bullets into the crowd, beating people up and detaining them.

Many accuse them of using agents provocateurs in order to get pretext for this, which isn’t unusual in Spain. The organizers asked for the police to leave the square because they were conducting a perfectly legal and legitimate protest, but it was useless – police just kept escalating. The time was around 20:30, one hour before the deadline.

22M Marchas de la Dignidad
FULL report available > link here including VIDEOS
Selection of pictures >> link here

Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants sent solidarity greetings to the Spanish unemployed on the “March of Dignity” - solidarity greetings to the million marching demanding 'Dignity & Respect' from politicians. We support the demands raised by the organisers, most of them marching share our concerns in the UK:  we reject social cuts, we reject governments that carry out the policies of the Troika; we demand bread, work and social protection for all.

READ our message of support here >> link here

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Friday, 21 March 2014

Solidarity & Respect to those on the “March of Dignity” in Spain

Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants sends solidarity greetings to the thousands of Spanish unemployed on the “March of Dignity” that runs through Spain culminating in Madrid tomorrow March 22nd.

Social and political collectives have called in Spain the “March of the Dignity” that will come together in Madrid on the 22nd March after walking thousands of kilometers throughout Spain. 
Eight columns of workers, unemployed, precarious workers, homeless, young people, students are walking towards Madrid. The march is convened against unemployment, precariousness, cuts and repression.
The Party of the European Left (EL) supports the March of the Dignity and will participate with its Secretariat in the demonstration in Madrid on Saturday 22nd of March. The EL supports the demands raised by the organizers, most of them matching the EL’s proposals for Europe: the rejection to the social cuts, the sanctions of the governments which carry out the policies of the Troika; the demand for bread, work and social minima for all.
- See more at: http://www.european-left.org/positions/el-supports-march-dignity-runs-along-spain-and-it-will-come-together-madrid-march-22nd#sthash.cDj023fY.dpuf
Unemployed campaigners & trade unions have organised the “March of the Dignity” that will come together in Madrid on the 22nd March after walking thousands of miles throughout Spain.

Eight columns of workers, unemployed, low paid insecure workers, homeless, young people, students are walking towards Madrid. The march is against unemployment, governmental cuts and repression of benefit claimants.

Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants sends solidarity greetings to the thousands marching demanding 'Dignity & Respect' from politicians. We support the demands raised by the organisers, most of them marching share our concerns in the UK:  we reject social cuts, we reject governments that carry out the policies of the Troika; we demand bread, work and social protection for all.

In Spain there are hundreds of thousands who have lost their homes, don’t receive benefits. There are more than 6 million without paid work and unemployed. There are more than a million living below the poverty line – meanwhile the “Popular Party” continues with its cuts agenda, destroying and robbing the health system, education, culture, pensions, closing down local television stations that are essential to the survival of minority languages and other public services. The government continues to privatise state assets in return giving tax benefits to the rich.

Fines and criminal penalties are imposed for exercising the right of freedom of speech or the right to disobey unjust laws, but the corrupt elite never go to prison and never have to pay for the damage they caused. Meanwhile the Government continues to hand out cash to building firms, to the energy companies, to bankers. They’re leaving the people of Spain with no work, no home, no health care, no pensions, no university grants, no schools, no education, no future: in a word no life.

Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants is in solidarity with Spanish society that suffers from the effects of the economic crisis & austerity as in the rest of Europe. Today millions are without employment, without homes, without basic resources for survival, while in the meantime the employers and governments implement new austerity measures that impoverish and increase insecurity – creating – an even worse cost of living crisis for the population of the EU.

Governments both here in the UK and Europe are exploiting the economic crisis to implement austerity policies and to attack human rights, those policies are causing real suffering, poverty, hunger and even death. Meanwhile the banking elite and economic powers continue to make massive profits at our expense !

The March for Dignity calls for an end to the patriarchal system, that drags us back into the 'dark ages. The 'March' is a strong mobilisation against the policies that violate human rights and social justice. Tomorrow the people of Spain will be marching to demand 'basic human rights':  to demand to right to put food on the table, to demand employment, social protection while unemployed, to demand a roof over their heads, to demand decent health provision, decent education, and finally to demand 'Dignity & Respect'.

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supports the “March of Dignity” that runs along Spain and it will come together in Madrid on March 22nd - See more at: http://www.european-left.org/positions/el-supports-march-dignity-runs-along-spain-and-it-will-come-together-madrid-march-22nd#sthash.cDj023fY.dpuf
supports the “March of Dignity” that runs along Spain and it will come together in Madrid on March 22nd - See more at: http://www.european-left.org/positions/el-supports-march-dignity-runs-along-spain-and-it-will-come-together-madrid-march-22nd#sthash.cDj023fY.dpuf
supports the “March of Dignity” that runs along Spain and it will come together in Madrid on March 22nd - See more at: http://www.european-left.org/positions/el-supports-march-dignity-runs-along-spain-and-it-will-come-together-madrid-march-22nd#sthash.cDj023fY.dpuf

Monday, 17 March 2014

Edinburgh & London - Give ATOS - The Battle Continues !

The government has taken a highly cynical approach, mistakenly seeing the disabled as an easy touch for cuts, thinking they would be unable to defend themselves. But nothing has proved further from the truth, with disabled activists at the vanguard of protests against benefit cuts and in particular the bedroom tax. These cuts have put a totally unfair burden on disabled people, and they have responded with fury and purpose. Many of those who spoke at demonstrations below or sat listening in wheelchairs were those who become politicised into direct action, acquiring the skills in blocking roads, picketing Atos, occupying the DWP and much more.

The film below is about the Edinburgh demonstration against ATOS that took place on Feb 19th 2014. These are the stories and experiences of the people affected by ATOS.



Please Give ATOS 

This isn't an average type of film. The title is borrowed from (what was thought ) a clever pun seen on a protest Facebook page a while back and which I feel sums up the sentiment needed entirely.

Below is a video 'Human Cost documents ‘10,000 Cuts & Counting’ a ceremony of remembrance that took place in London at the end of 2013. It was a show of solidarity for those who have had their lives devastated by David Cameron’s austerity programme.

The public spending watchdog is investigating the award of a £184 million disability assessment contract to Atos Healthcare.

Currently, ATOS is being investigated by the National Audit Office (NAO) in a in a a major “value for money study”. Meanwhile, since the inception of the Work Capability Assessment WCA, 10,600 people have died within six weeks of being deemed ‘fit for work’ by ATOS healthcare professionals.


Human Cost 10,000 Cuts #Atos 

Disabled activists and supporters came to Parliament Square for '10,000 Cuts & Counting', a ceremony of remembrance and solidarity for over 10,000 who died shortly after the degrading Work Capability Assessments run for the government by Atos.

As well as the many testimonies, there was a 2 minutes of silent remembrance for those who have suffered and died and then four prayers facing the four sides of the square: towards Westminster Abbey for the families of those who have suffered and disabled people still suffering or despairing; facing the Supreme Court calling for justice and compassion for those without resources and power and for an end to discrimination and violence against the disabled; towards the Treasury calling on those in national and local government who decide on the use of resources to take into account the effect on people of what they do; and finally towards Parliament, calling for a new deal for disabled people and to put right the evident wrongs in the current system.

Not content with cutting benefit, the government wants to make a strict benefit regime even stricter.

The British benefits system is 'unfit for purpose' - a future Labour government must hold a Public Inquiry:

Respect For the Unemployed &; Benefit Claimants sets out the following as a program to replace the discredited Department for Work and Pensions on the  return of a Labour government.

*  A Public Inquiry needs to held within the first year in office regarding the systematic abuse of benefit claimants in regard to workfare, benefit sanctions & sanction targets. The remit of this public inquiry must look into the way disabled benefit claimants have been treated by the state & by the contractor ATOS. The  remit must also look into the benefit rates for claimants - described as '
manifestly inadequate' by the Council of Europe.
UnemployedNet and Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants responded to the 'Independent Review of Sanctions' - Both organisations issued a call to unemployed & benefit claimants after the Oakley review was announced. Comments gathered via Facebook, email and other sources, and the responses form the basis of our document.

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Stop workfare in its tracks – Take action 29 March – 6 April :  Wherever you are, however you can contribute, take action on 29 March-6 April.


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Sunday, 16 March 2014

The Benefits of Labour, its about RESPECT !

In 1996, the Conservative government introduced the jobseeker's allowance that cut benefits to the young and 18 to 24-year-olds automatically got 20% less, the new allowance was designed to replace unemployment benefit and income support.

It’s the unemployed who are the forgotten victims - who seem to be demonised, patronised & blamed for unemployment within the wider media. In 1995 Labour shadow ministers just like now in 2014 promised to be fair and to respect benefit claimants. In 1995 Labour gave clear indications, if elected, they would tackle some of the worse parts of JSA. They gave assurances & intention to make “speedy and far reaching reforms to eliminate the worse excesses” Not scrapping the "Job Seekers Allowance" was Labours’ Betrayal!

Labour's proposal if elected in 2015 is to strip claimants of benefits if they refuse to take the jobs offered under its Compulsory Jobs Guarantee is a dismal extension of  that betrayal and a reinforcement of Tory "scrounger" propaganda .

The disinformation peddled by Daily Mail columnists, Con-Dem Cabinet ministers and - appallingly - their Labour counterparts, most jobless people do not choose not to work because they fancy "a life on benefits," a phrase Chancellor George Osborne preachers at Tory conferences that was tellingly echoed this week by Ed Balls.

Ed Balls was correct about the ....  "shocking number of young people stuck on the dole for more than a year has doubled under David Cameron."

Long-term joblessness is rising under the coalition because it is an anti-jobs government. Hundreds of thousands of secure, skilled jobs have been axed - are still being axed - across the public sector. A survey by trade union GMB found 631,000 public-sector roles had been given the chop by autumn last year, a figure the government's own projections suggest will exceed a million by the next election.

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From workfare - which effectively provides forced below-minimum-wage labour to private firms at taxpayers' cost - to ever increasing sanctions on jobseekers who can't jump through a constantly changing set of hoops, people who are out of work have been exploited, punished and demonised by the Department for Work and Pensions and its sanctimonious henchmen Iain Duncan Smith.
Indeed, last year the Chancellor decided to introduce a waiting period between losing your job and being eligible for jobseeker's allowance, presumably as an extra kick in the teeth for the 631,000 people his government has chucked on the scrapheap.
Unite Community members remember Bob and Tony. The Fight goes on !

Labour
should be highlighting the rank hypocrisy of a regime that sacks people en masse and then blames them for it. Instead it seems content to follow in its footsteps.


The ConDems must be replaced by a Labour government committed to scrapping the jobseeker's allowance & replacing it with Social Security - Unemployment Benefit. A future Labour government must introduce the kind of policies that will benefit the vast majority of the people of Britain, which means taking on the powerful, vested interests of big business and the ruling elite. It must, therefore, be a Labour government of a new type - kept on course by a militant mass movement around an alternative economic and political strategy.
Wal Hannington NUWM

Can such a government be achieved, especially when the right wing leaderships of the Labour Party and TUC are striving to abandon left-wing policies and socialist principles and are rushing to embrace the European Union and social partnership with big business? History indicates that the balance of forces within the labour movement can be changed through debate and struggle. Agitate, educate, organise is still the slogan which, if put into practice, can create the conditions for defeating the present Tory led government. But it should not be replaced by a Labour government as was done in 1997 under Tony Blair which appeased big business, fails to democratise the state and ends up attacking the low-paid and poorest sections of society, as happened in 1978-79 and today under David Cameron.

Mark Twain famously said: "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme." and George Santayana said ‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’


The late Bob Crow gives his opinion on what kind of society we should strive for & the priorities for a future Labour government

What kind of Labour government is Ed Miliband striving for - is he about to repeat history ? A right wing labour party would simply pave the way for an even more right-wing Tory government.

There is no shortage of serious options for tackling mass unemployment. Britain is crying out for a huge programme of council-house building. Our NHS needs more midwives, more nurses and far more resources dedicated to treating mental health issues. We face a teacher recruitment crisis. And rebalancing the British economy away from an overheated and reckless financial sector and towards a future based on quality manufacturing could create hundreds of thousands of skilled jobs.

A generation has grown up with the impression that counting the unemployed in the millions is normal - a legacy of Thatcher, who created the mass unemployment we've lived with ever since. But it doesn't have to be. Full employment has existed before and it can again. If we want to see a Britain where everyone can be assured of decent, well-paid work - a Britain where everybody counts - we need to get rid of the neoliberal gang who have hijacked this country and start putting people before profit.

Fairness & Respect:

Every day, certain sections of the press and television voice concerns over the apparent lawlessness of young people. This has led to calls for even more repressive measures against young offenders and for army-type discipline. Yet the link between increased property crime and depressed economic activity is well established.

There is also a relationship between unemployment and crime, something that this Tory led government denies. This is, of course, not surprising as the admission of such a link makes the government directly culpable for the subsequent expansion in crime.

People see a government persuing policies which stop them getting jobs and the same government withdrawing their entitlement to benefit. We should blame the cause, not the effects.

Once again, political parties across the board put the blame at the door of the individual, saying: "It's your fault you are unemployed. You don't want jobs." But when there are very few real jobs out there, it is meaningless. The government and the capitalist class which it serves have created unemployment, but blame the unemployed who have no control over their lives when they are thrown out of a job and thrown onto the scrap-heap, lives ruined.

Not content with cutting benefit, the government wants to make a strict benefit regime even stricter.
The British benefits system is 'unfit for purpose' - a future Labour government must hold a Public Inquiry:

Respect For the Unemployed &; Benefit Claimants sets out the following as a program to replace the discredited Department for Work and Pensions on the  return of a Labour government.

*  A Public Inquiry needs to held within the first year in office regarding the systematic abuse of benefit claimants in regard to workfare, benefit sanctions & sanction targets. The remit of this public inquiry must look into the way disabled benefit claimants have been treated by the state & by the contractor ATOS. The  remit must also look into the benefit rates for claimants - described as '
manifestly inadequate' by the Council of Europe.
UnemployedNet and Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants responded to the 'Independent Review of Sanctions' - Both organisations issued a call to unemployed & benefit claimants after the Oakley review was announced. Comments gathered via Facebook, email and other sources, and the responses form the basis of our document.


The Benefits of Labour, its about RESPECT - set the agenda !

Stop workfare in its tracks – Take action 29 March – 6 April :  Wherever you are, however you can contribute, take action on 29 March-6 April.


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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Bob Crow friend & champion of the unemployed has died


It's with great sadness that a friend & champion of the unemployed .... Bob Crow died early this morning.

RAIL, Maritime and Transport
union leader Bob Crow died from a suspected heart attack.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union made the announcement with the deepest regret.

A brief statement said: “It is with the deepest regret that RMT has to confirm that our general secretary Bob Crow sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning.

“RMT would request that all media respect the privacy of the friends and family of Bob Crow at this distressing time.”


All of us at Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants will miss his contribution to the debate on what kind of Britain we want & demand - a fitting tribute to Bob has to be
educate, agitate, organise - we need to explain the importance of joining a trade union to those who have limited hope on the dole.

"The message to the unemployed has to be this ..... as soon as you gain employment, join a trade union - the fight against workfare, zero hours, poverty wages, & working conditions can only be improved & won if we stand together in unity - belonging to a trade union - NOW that would be a fitting tribute to our friend Bob Crow".   


A book of condolences for anyone wishing to leave a message has been arranged by the RMT Union.
The book will be kept open at Unity House for anyone wishing to sign, alternatively, please leave a message by visiting the website.

Rest in Peace comrade we'll miss you :'(

TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“This is shocking news. Bob was an outstanding trade unionist, who tirelessly fought for his members, his industry and the wider trade union movement.

Bob Crow,  out for a morning jog with his dog Castro
“He was always a good friend and comrade to me. We will miss him, and our thoughts are with his family and the RMT at this difficult time.”

Commenting on the news, TSSA's General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, said "Bob Crow was admired by his members and feared by employers which is exactly how he liked it.

"It was a privilege to campaign and fight alongside him because he never gave an inch.

"He was often underestimated by politicians, employers and the media because he stayed true to his working class roots. He was more than happy to be underestimated as long as he got the right results for his members.

"The news of his death is truly shocking and our thoughts and prayers today are with his partner Nicky and his familiy."

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) Statement

Brendan Barber (former TUC General Secretary), now Chair of ACAS, said:
"I was deeply shocked and saddened to hear of Bob Crow's untimely death. He was one of trade unionism's larger than life characters, always battling with passion and energy for his members. His bluff exterior masked a shrewd and intelligent negotiator who actually won high respect from employers as well as deep loyalty and support from his members. My thoughts are with his family at this difficult time."

Bob Crow's final BBC interview

In an interview with Becky Milligan for BBC Radio 4's PM programme, broadcast on Monday, the late Bob Crow discusses his early life and sometimes stormy relationship with rightwing press - DOWNLOAD mp3 file here

Bob Crow: A life of commitment

The TUC and the British working class has lost one of our outstanding leaders, Bob Crow, the General Secretary of rail and maritime union RMT, who died this morning.

Bob was committed. Whether it was the internationalism he showed through the International Transport... Read full blog

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Monday, 10 March 2014

Wealthy David Cameron Buys Facebook 'LIKES' - Trade Unions Gagged

Wealthy David Cameron Buys Facebook 'Likes' to distort his popularity &  policies in a distortion of democracy. Meanwhile Trade Unions are gagged.

Unlike the unelected so-called millionaire prime minister - 'Respect For the Unemployed & Benefit Claimants' is NOT in a position to BUY facebook 'LIKES' - Dont let his FACEBOOK page fool you - Nobody likes a Tory.

Our page has nearly 21,000 likes - that is down to the HARD work of group members sharing, liking & commenting on our posts - which in turn allows 'news items' we post - to be shown in 'NewsFeed'.

WE hereby ask readers do the following on facebook > visit  David Cameron click the button near his 'page LIKE' & report his page - tick 'I Just Don't Like It' section.

Politics & democacy is deception in Britain - in the run up to the General Election of 2015 - political parties will be buying "sponsorship' on FACEBOOK (filling up your newsfeed) - meaning 'posts' like ours will be seen less & less - THIS IS WRONG.

Pathetic David Cameron pays out for Facebook fans and manages to double his social media following in a month. The Conservative Party have spent thousands on advertisements on Facebook to encourage users to 'like' the page.

Just over a month ago, he was almost 20,000 'likes' behind Nick Clegg's 80,000 - but now he has 127,000 - Facebook would not reveal details, but say the campaign would have cost about £7,500 of party funds - Facebook are charging about 50p per ‘like’.

David Cameron is simply trying to distort his popularity - the Conservatives & his posh friends are trying to buy the next ELECTION - Meanwhile trade unions in Britain are gagged.


Despite a massive campaign of resistance, the Tories managed to pass what has become commonly known as "the gagging bill". The mainstream corporate press have played along with the government by continually referring to it as the "lobbying bill", despite the fact that the majority of the lobbying industry will remain entirely unaffected by it. Essentially the bill protects in-house corporate lobbying operations from any kind of official scrutiny, meaning that a cloak of secrecy will still shroud their influence upon our politicians.

The fact that the so-called "lobbying bill" does so little to regulate the activities of corporate lobbyists isn't even the worst of it. The truly appalling part is the extensive second section of the bill which is clearly designed to silence critics of the government such as charities, voluntary organisations, protest groups, trade unions and religions ((which despite the bile from the obnoxious anti-theist ranter brigade, have done much good work in promoting social justice).
The intention to use this new legislation in order to revoke the freedom of speech of organisations that criticise government policy was made absolutely clear by the language used by Iain Duncan Smith in his tirade against the Trussell Trust food bank group earlier in January.



        In America the US State Department spent $690,000 to 'buy' Facebook 'likes'
The campaign to spend taxpayers money to try to get more Facebook 'likes' on its sites prompted workers to complain to a watchdog.

The US State Department, which has the slogan "Diplomacy in Action, spent $690,000  412.370) to try and "buy fans" in social media, the agency's Inspector General (IG) said in a report.

The State Department's Bureau of International Information Programs spent the money to increase its "likes" count from 2011 to March 2013, the Washington Examiner reported.
American trade unionists criticise the advertising campaigns as 'buying fans' who may have once clicked on an ad or 'liked' a photo but have no real interest in the topic and have never engaged further.
The State Department's Facebook page likes increased during the spending from 100,000 to more than 2 million and to 450,000 on Facebook's foreign-language pages.

David Cameron & the Conservatives are trying to buy your votes - they are trying to buy the next General Election - the Tories have closed down free speech, they have gagged the trade unions & campaging bodies.

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