I am technically jobless, I was self employed but I am still going through an appeal to keep the right to be self employed. This forced me on to Britain’s new benefit system; Universal credit.
Universal credit on its own does not sound like a bad idea, it makes it much easier to switch between working and not working payments. In the old days people did not like to take temporary jobs due to the fear of losing benefits when that job had finished with Universal Credit that problem is gone, sounds good doesn’t it? My commitment with Universal Credit is that I will look for work at least 35 hours per week! And I will except any job that is plausible (whether it be temporary or permanent) within a 90 minute traveling time from my house.
Universal Credit is not designed to help people its designed to help big business because nearly one million people in Great Britain are now on zero hour contracts. A zero hour contract removes nearly all work rights and allows the business to employ depending on demand sometimes a percentage of the employers wage will even be paid by the government in grants to the business for “helping” people gain “vital work experience.” WHAT A SCAM.
With knowledge like this; how can you have the right attitude towards work? I spent the first fifteen years of my life after school on building sites, plastering and labouring. I plastered massive houses that I would never be able to afford on a plasterers wage for rich people to live in and corporations to make money from. People will always say “plastering pays well” and it does (though site work pays less it is more consistent) but plastering is hard work.
A plasterer is lucky to get to fifty, sixty years old and still be physically capable of doing his job effectively. Then what? Most are self employed therefore no redundancy, no pension (unless they paid in to one themselves) and no other work experience. I have seen and known plasterers finished due to injury at early as their twenties.
To make it worse nowadays they make it hard to get on site, a plasterer I know (a good one) struggles to read and write so when he comes to do the health and safety CSCS test he fails numerous times before passing all at a cost (obviously.) Yet college kids that have bought a book will pass these tests with flying colours and end up on paper at least looking more qualified for the job. So they want us to work but we have to pay for the privilege to work.
My attitude to work has changed in recent years I don’t believe anybody ever lay on their death beds and said “I wish I worked more” but many have said the opposite. We work for money yet the only thing that makes our money real is our belief in it. People that moan about other people claiming benefits and this and that are so shortsighted and brainwashed by our media they do not even realize that they are merely oppressing their own wages and lifestyles as well as everybody elses.
So yes I have a bad attitude towards existing for the sake of being a slave to a business that makes billions, pays no tax, exploits people around the world systematically and only cares for profit. I have a bad attitude towards working my whole life to pay my landlords mortgage.