1 Feb 2014

Kilburn Unemployed Workers' Group update


DWP jobcentres, in conjunction with G4S security staff, seem to be treating claimants with such contempt, making claiming such a horrible experience in order to put people off. By rudeness, crassness, and pure obstructiveness, in league with faceless Hoxton Decision-making adjudicators, people are having their entitlements cut, without proper safeguards or warnings, so when people get annoyed, they are further banned, or the DWP cowards phone the cops. Having been ourselves at the brunt of this skulduggery, the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group want attitudes and actions changed, of course realising that the Government, of all the 3 mainstream parties, want to make our lives a misery, in order to cut the dreaded ‘Welfare Bill’. The same rotten policies were applied with the Workhouses, where the jobless were actively treated like scum, but eventually history showed how wrong, absurd, and barbaric this ‘legal’ attitude was.

We realise that most workers initially join public services to help service users, but governments with cost-cutting programmes, put so much pressure on workers under the name of ‘productivity’ that they can regretfully acquiesce to these despicable practices. Note the negligence of citizens at the BBC, care homes, Stafford Hospital, etc where complaining to the top brass or whistle-blowing, could mean getting bullied or sacked. We at the KUWG want to work with the PCS & GMB unions, and management, in establishing proper actual practices, not paper policies, in non-discrimination of claimants. IDS, in his wife’s mansion, doesn’t suffer confrontational laws. We also note that in the Ukraine the people have had enough and have managed to force their government’s cabinet to resign, and drop unfair laws...if they can do it, we should too!

We have planned protests on Wednesday 19th February 2014 on National Anti-Atos day. Atos are the so-called ‘Medical Assessors’ who infamously in league with the DWP, wrongly determine sick people either “Fit-for-Work” or “Fit-to-prepare-for-work”, and we have helped overturn some of these ludicrous and spiteful ‘decisions’.. The protests will be 8am-10am Neasden Atos, and 3pm-4pm Lisson Grove Atos if you want your voice heard.

We are leafleting outside Kilburn Jobcentre Monday 3rd February 2014 11-noon to publicise the government’s draconian legislation that produces thuggish & brutish tactics. With the UK rich having an “economic recovery”, at our expense, maybe in “Austerity Britain” being BRITISH = being BRUTISH? We appreciate that most DWP and G4S employees DO want to help claimants, but are under pressure due to lack of staff, with stupid regulations, and are left struggling to cope by Whitehall mandarins. Use your collective strength to organise against parliamentary vindictiveness, as we do, & join us in solidarity against vicious laws that we believe break human rights.

The Kiburn Unemployed Workers Group (linked to Brent and Camden Trades Councils and Unite Community Union) meets every Thursday 3pm-5.30pm in the Small Hall, Kingsgate Community Centre, 107 Kingsgate Road, (Off Quex Road) , NW6 2JH. (Disabled Access available). We discuss cases, help with paperwork and attend meetings (Our motto is “Never attend anywhere official alone”), and help with campaigning and protesting for ANYONE unemployed. Our contact details are: mobile: 07579 965 704,


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