British trade unions condemn attack on single parents

This video from the USA says about itself:

Bob Crow, the General Secretary of the UK-Rail Maritime and Transport Union spoke at an internantional conference of transportation workers in San Francisco on November 16, 2006. He was introduced by the Transportation Workers Solidarity Committee Chair and ILWU Local 10 member Jack Heyman. The RMT has been fighting for the renationalization of the British railways and also his union the RMT has actively opposed the imperialist war in Iraq. The conference which was initiated by the Transport Workers Solidarity Committee passed a statement calling for the organization of an international transportation workers solidarity network.

From British daily News Line:

Saturday, 22 November 2008


The TUC and single parent charity Gingerbread yesterday condemned the Work and Pensions Secretary Purnell’s decision to press ahead with ‘welfare to work’ plans for single parents with children aged 12 years and over, as well as the disabled, youth and long-term unemployed.

This was despite an appeal from the government’s own advisers, the Social Security Advisory Committee.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: ‘As thousands join the dole queue every day, this is the worst possible time for a further benefits crackdown and introducing “workfare”.

‘If the government continues, more people will be left in poverty, unable to work or claim benefits.

‘And at £60.50 a week, many of those claiming job seekers allowance will still find themselves in poverty.

‘The government must increase job seekers allowance and boost resources at Jobcentre plus to help more people back into work.’

Chief Executive of One Parent Families/Gingerbread, Fiona Weir, said: ‘We are extremely concerned about the possible impacts on children of benefit cuts on those parents who do not take up jobs, and of the ability of Jobcentre Plus to cope with these changes at a time when their services are likely to be pushed to the limit.’

See also here.

Welfare reform will risk increase in childhood poverty: here.

Cartoon on unemployment in Britain
This cartoon from British daily The Independent is about the lay-offs of workers and government minister Peter Mandelson.

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