YFJ press release:
Anti-workfare campaigners in Youth Fight for Jobs today vowed to continue the fight to end the government’s so-called welfare-to-work schemes.
Paul Callanan, Youth Fight for Jobs national organiser said:
‘Today’s figures have confirmed that the government’s welfare-to-work schemes have nothing to do with getting people decent jobs. They are really about demonising the unemployed and punishing them for economic problems caused by the banks and big business. Under these schemes, less than 3.6% of claimants found a job in 6 months, worse than even the government’s paltry target of 5.5%.
Rather than being helped to find work the unemployed are being forced into modern day slavery: workfare. Claimants often work full time jobs (removing incentives for employers to create any actual vacancies) without being paid a penny! All the while huge private companies like Serco are raking in massive profits for enforcing this, threatening vulnerable people with harsh sanctions and destitution.
Young, unemployed and working people will not stand idly by as this government seeks to force ever greater numbers onto these dead end schemes. We say scrap welfare-to-work and invest in genuine job creation, providing secure employment paid a living wage!’
Paul Callanan is available for interview on 07713 355 616.
Call Youth Fight for Jobs office on 0208 558 7947