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Greece Takes Next Step To Serfdom

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The bankers demands get more and more brazen but this latest one takes the biscuit. According to a leaked Troika letter, Greeks are about to be asked to work a 6 day week. This comes on top of a OECD report in 2010 which said the Greeks are the 2nd hardest workers in the world, after the South Koreans.

Area: Flexibility of labour arrangements
Measure: Increase flexibility of work schedules:
 
•     Increase the number of maximum workdays to 6 days per week for all sectors.
•     Set the minimum daily rest to 11 hours.
•     Delink the working hours of employees from the opening hours of the establishment.
•     Eliminate restrictions on minimum/maximum time between morning and afternoon shifts.
•     Allow the consecutive two week leave to be taken anytime during the year in seasonal sectors.
This is right up there with that Australia nut job, (300 lb) Rinehart (the worlds richest woman, who inherited her wealth and knows nothing about having to work for it).
Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart has criticised her country’s economic performance and said Africans willing to work for $2 a day should be an inspiration.
Chrstine Lagarde’s recent condescending comments towards Greece demonstrate further, what the elites feel about them. Whats in store for the rest us ?
“I think more of the little kids from a school in a little village in Niger who get teaching two hours a day, sharing one chair for three of them, and who are very keen to get an education. I have them in my mind all the time because I think they need even more help than the people in Athens.”
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UK: Fancy Working 6 Months For Nothing?

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Some might agree with making people on the dole work for their money but where do you draw the line? The story in the UK is getting worse on this subject and here is the latest. Where does it led to, modern-day slavery? More importantly who benefits?

A thinktank has warned that the British government’s project to tackle long-term unemployment may prove to be a great failure as it involves six months of unpaid work.

The thinktank refers to a new government work scheme being issued across Britain, where up to a million people will be forced to do unpaid work for six months otherwise their benefits will be stopped.

Under the Department for Work and Pensions community action programme, people who have been claiming jobseeker’s allowance for over three years will be forced to work for six months unpaid, or face the consequences of having their benefits completely cut.

The Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI) predicted that 1.78 million people will be unable to find work through the British government’s current two-year-long employment scheme even they meet the necessary targets.

There is hope depending on a court case taken by a jobseeker.

Meanwhile, a 41-year-old jobseeker who refused to attend the community action programme is waiting to hear from the high court if he had won a judicial review, as he accuses the programme of promoting “slave labour”.

The British economy is being affected by the Euro crisis and if it continues to decline with the current employment schemes, the number of jobseekers are said to reach 1.06 million.

Source: PressTv

Greek Workers To Work For Free

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Seems like a trend that has taken off from the US to the UK and now in Greece where they are being asked to work for free. In other countries its nicely wrapped up in the guise of gaining work experience but not so in Greece. Then again, there is no requirement to look after the people’s interest as long as the technocrats run the show.

Salary cutbacks (called “unified payroll”) for contract workers at the public sector set to be finalized today. Cuts to be valid retroactively since november 2011. Expected result: Up to 64.000 people will work without salary this month, or even be asked to return money. Amongst them 21.000 teachers, 13.000 municipal employees and 30.000 civil servants.

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Forced To Work For Free

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The BBC website carried a story of a graduate being forced to work for 2 weeks or force getting her unemployment cut.

Cait Reilly, a University of Birmingham geology graduate, is currently trying to find work in the museum sector.

The 22-year-old said she had to work for free at a Poundland store for two weeks or risk losing her benefits.

She is seeking a judicial review. Poundland said the scheme is operated in partnership with the government.

Apparently the work was not even related to her career.

When she expressed concerns about the lack of relevance of the scheme to the work she wants to do, she said her Jobcentre Plus adviser had told her participation in the scheme was mandatory and that if she did not comply she would lose her benefits.

She said she spent two weeks cleaning and stacking shelves at the Poundland store in Kings Heath, Birmingham, and was not offered an interview.

“I think it’s a form of manual labour in that they’re forcing people to do jobs that are in no way related to what they want to do and giving them no experience for their careers,” she said.

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