Know your enemy: Andrew Griffiths.

Andrew Griffiths M.P.

The futility of parliamentary democracy as a remedy for even the most blatant injustice was demonstrated once again last Friday, when your elected representatives were prevented from voting on an issue that had cross-party support .

Instead of employing enough Workers and paying them for their time, shite companies such as cut-price crap merchants B&M have been covering staff shortages by dishonestly offering unpaid trial shifts to vulnerable people, such as those with learning disabilities. The jobs don’t actually exist and when the rush is over these folk are simply discarded without a penny to show for their efforts.

A private member’s bill to ban this practice was talked out of time by this wanker, the government’s business minister Andrew Griffiths M.P. Even the sainted Jeremy can do nothing to prevent the use of the filibuster technique, regularly used by bent politicians to stave off any threat to their corporate sponsors.

B&M recently conned a 25 year-old man with Asperger’s into working three days for nothing, then ditched him an hour before his shift was due to start.

How long does it take to assess a person’s suitability to work in a shop? Cafes are asking for a 40 hour week for free before they will take you on and frequently slip in a busy unpaid shift even after they’ve decided to hire you.

According to 38 degrees:

  • Over 144,000 of us signed the petition to stop businesses forcing people to work for free
  • Almost 30,000 of us emailed our MP to explain why unpaid trial shifts were unfair
  • Over 2,000 of us tweeted our MP the day before the vote

And it did fuck all. We need to shut these bastards down by direct action, politicians aren’t going to do it for us.

– Jo Gonmush

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Gloucester’s tory scum plumb new depths in persecuting the homeless.

Just when you think they can’t sink any lower!
Tory council puts up poster telling people not to give money to the homeless – Metro UK

The selfish over-privileged bastards at Gloucester city council have really got it in for the victims of their anti-social regime. They’re wasting residents money on a poster campaign to discourage said residents from using their own judgement in how they help their fellow people. Jumping on the spiteful corporatist bandwagon that insists every bit of altruism must pay a dividend to their capitalist mates.

“Make your change count by giving to an established homeless charity”, they preach. Only last month, they opposed an application for such a charity to open a night shelter on their manor. Amid the incomprehensible managerial bullshit, Ruth Saunders, their ‘Community Wellbeing Manager’ (sic) bleated:“there will be lack of motivation for them to get on to the established homelessness pathways towards a more safe and sustainable lifestyle” – In other words, they don’t get a cut.

We fail to see how you can simultaneously be sleeping rough and in accommodation. One for Schrodinger?

Here’s why Gloucester City Council has lodged an objection to a night shelter for the city’s homeless – Gloucestershire live.

“Change is more than coins” they say, too right, change is you lot up against the fucking wall.