For more go to http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/feb/27/on-the-blacklist-building-firms-secret-information-on-workers
Blacklist Support Group
IF this show had been written, produced and performed by school students as a GCSE drama project they’d be well advised to switch subjects for it was dire in almost every aspect. The instant we entered the auditorium, long before the play commenced, our ears were assailed by loud, unpleasant electronic noises employed to create an edgy atmosphere. Our discomfiture continued and when a leading character complained of earache we naturally identified the real cause long before the playwright proffered her own ludicrously metaphorical explanation – a butterfly in the lughole!
This is a Kafka-esque situation in which the department denies any targets as it penalises its own staff for not meeting these targetsThe PCS says that in one region individual job centres were given colour ratings of red (bad) or green (good) depending on whether they had met targets to sanction job seekers, incapacity benefit claimants, and recipients of income support.
Skewing the role of our members in jobcentres and polluting the relationship between jobcentre advisors and claimantsA spokesman for the DWP said there was “nothing new” in the claims. He added:
In return for their benefits, claimants are asked to do everything they can to look for work, and more than 70 per cent say they are more likely to follow the rules if they know they risk having their benefits stopped.
With the record number of vacancies, it’s right that claimants are asked whether they are doing enough to find a job. There are no targets for sanctions.