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You Know What, The Same Thing Happened To Me... [Jun. 28th, 2012|11:48 am]
Tony Grist
There was a girl in the papers the other day (I've looked for a link but can't find one) who's suing the DHS (or whoever) for breaching her human rights because they made her give up voluntary work that could have led to a meaningful career in order to do some McJob or other.

Something similar happened to me once. I was on the dole but also on call for the Borough's library service. The library work was erratic but paid- and could have led to me being taken on full time. My foot was on the ladder. I was known and liked and if a full-time position had come up I'd have applied for it. The work was various. I could be dispatched anywhere in the borough to fill in at any of the libraries or museums- issuing books, putting them back on shelves, patrolling the picture gallery, selling things in the museum shop; it was quite good fun, though I hated having to operate the cash registers. The DHS wasn't happy with this arrangement. They wanted me either jobless or working full time because anything else fucked with their system. I forget the details, but in the end I gave up the library gig (with its prospects) and wound up as a cleaner.

I was a bit put out at the time. I'd have liked to have been given a little leeway- and treated as an individual not a statistic. Bureaucracy, huh? I hope the girl in the papers wins her case.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2012-06-28 02:18 pm (UTC)
I hope she does or did as currently i am on the new fangled work programme the government has decided that all over a year of being on benefits must do as mandatory. So far i have not been forced off my voluntary work at the library but you never know what else that the bureaucrats will do next.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-28 02:49 pm (UTC)
I despise how this government is harrassing the jobless. Fuckin' tories!
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[User Picture]From: daisytells
2012-06-28 02:32 pm (UTC)
I hope she wins, too. It makes me sick that people are being forced into dead end McJobs just to "clear the rolls" of another "body or when there are real opportunities (such as your library experience) ut there.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-06-28 02:51 pm (UTC)
It's not a good era in which to be poor and disadvantaged.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2012-06-28 08:22 pm (UTC)
You are so right. It is difficult sometimes to make ends meet and the little i bring in on mystery shopping which i enjoy helps a bit , and i too enjoy library work, albeit as a volunteer on a couple of days.
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