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Americans Want to Believe Jobs Are the Solution to Poverty. They’re Not. - The New York Times
But rather than hold itself accountable, America reverses roles by blaming the poor for their own miseries.

Here is the blueprint. First, valorize work as the ticket out of poverty, and debase caregiving as not work. Look at a single mother without a formal job, and say she is not working; spot one working part time and demand she work more. Transform love into laziness. Next, force the poor to log more hours in a labor market that treats them as expendables. Rest assured that you can pay them little and deny them sick time and health insurance because the American taxpayer will step in, subsidizing programs like the earned-income tax credit and food stamps on which your work force will rely. Watch welfare spending increase while the poverty rate stagnates because, well, you are hoarding profits. When that happens, skirt responsibility by blaming the safety net itself. From there, politicians will invent new ways of denying families relief, like slapping unrealistic work requirements on aid for the poor.

As I watched this young man identify with Smith’s character, it dawned on me that what his parents, preachers, teachers, coaches and guidance counselors had told him for motivation — “Study hard, stick to it, dream big and you will be successful” — had been internalized as a theory of life.

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We need a new language for talking about poverty. “Nobody who works should be poor,” we say. That’s not good enough. Nobody in America should be poor, period. No single mother struggling to raise children on her own; no formerly incarcerated man who has served his time; no young heroin user struggling with addiction and pain; no retired bus driver whose pension was squandered; nobody. And if we respect hard work, then we should reward it, instead of deploying this value to shame the poor and justify our unconscionable and growing inequality. “I’ve worked hard to get where I am,” you might say. Well, sure. But Vanessa has worked hard to get where she is, too.
USA  economy  poverty  jobs  pay  wages  employment  outsourcing  zeroHours  insecurity  precarity  socialMobility  workEthic  welfare  workfare  TrumpDonald  blame 
september 2018 by petej
'Recklessness, hubris and greed' – Carillion slammed by MPs | Business | The Guardian
Frank Field, who chairs the work and pension committee, said: “Same old story. Same old greed. A board of directors too busy stuffing their mouths with gold to show any concern for the welfare of their workforce or their pensioners.”
Carillion  business  outsourcing  bonuses  dividends  pensions  FieldFrank  UK  politics  PwC  KPMG  Deloitte  ErnstYoung  accountants  audit  finance 
may 2018 by petej
Capitalism’s new crisis: after Carillion, can the private sector ever be trusted? | Politics | The Guardian
British company law does not require companies to declare any purpose when they incorporate: indeed, the whole British ecosystem is organised to put short-term financial priorities first, and all the other things that make a company great – its people, its relationship with its customers, its capacity to innovate, its declared reason for being – in second place. Bad economics married with Britain’s unique institutions delivered what we now have: a rogue form of capitalism.
Carillion  outsourcing  privatisation  PFI  publicServices  MajorJohn  NewLabour  Serco  G4S  Learndirect  capitalism  purpose  profits  short-termism  finance  dctagged  dc:creator=HuttonWill 
january 2018 by petej
The Machines Are Coming - NYTimes.com
"It’s easy to imagine an alternate future where advanced machine capabilities are used to empower more of us, rather than control most of us. There will potentially be more time, resources and freedom to share, but only if we change how we do things. We don’t need to reject or blame technology. This problem is not us versus the machines, but between us, as humans, and how we value one another."
automation  algorithms  bigData  work  jobs  labour  power  control  outsourcing  surveillance  employment  technology  robots 
april 2015 by petej
3Cosas Campaign: VICTORY!!!!!!!
"Balfour Beatty have offered HOLIDAYS in line with directly employed staff, & nearly equivalent SICK PAY! We will continue to campaign for ALL our demands - but for now, celebrate. Through solidarity and strike action, we’ve already achieved a huge amount. Viva the #3cosas campaign!"
3cosas  tradeUnions  campaign  universities  outsourcing  work  labour  conditions  UniversityOfLondon  BalfourBeatty  strike 
november 2013 by petej
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