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Almost all the 10 million jobs created since 2005 are temporary — Quartz
“We find that 94% of net job growth in the past decade was in the alternative work category,” said Krueger. “And over 60% was due to the [the rise] of independent contractors, freelancers and contract company workers.” In other words, nearly all of the 10 million jobs created between 2005 and 2015 were not traditional nine-to-five employment. - https://www.reddit.com/r/Economics/comments/79jmuh/almost_all_the_10_million_jobs_created_since_2005/
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october 2017 by asterisk2a
Tory tax and benefit plans ‘widen generation divide’ | Politics | The Guardian
New analysis of how money will shift from young to old over the next four years has been produced by the foundation as it announces a new intergenerational commission aimed at creating a fairer deal for voters aged under 25. The analysis, which breaks down the impact of tax and welfare changes planned for this parliament by age, shows that people in their 30s will experience the biggest losses of any age group, losing an average of £220 a year by 2020.

In contrast, people in their 60s are set to be the largest beneficiaries, gaining an average of £170 a year. The research also shows that 45 is the age at which people, on average, move from losing to gaining from forthcoming tax and benefit polices in this parliament.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Duncan Smith has 'complete faith' in PM's EU negotiations - BBC News
Iain Duncan Smith has said he has "complete faith" in David Cameron's ability to secure welfare reforms as part of the UK's EU renegotiations. Mr Cameron has said there will not be a deal this year amid reports of growing opposition to proposals to restrict EU migrants' access to in-work benefits. The work and pensions secretary said he remained "upbeat" since all EU nations wanted to curb "benefit tourism". He said the PM wanted a deal he "could sell to the British people". [...] Mr Duncan Smith claimed there was support in Germany and other EU nations for limiting EU migrants' access to benefits. "Behind closed doors, nearly every single developed country in Europe wants to see some kind of end to the idea of people just popping around and taking benefits in different countries," //&! Widening benefits ban to young Britons as leverage in EU talks not ruled out - bit.ly/1SGJVsN
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
HMRC asked tax avoider to sign pledge not to engage in practice again | Politics | The Guardian
HMRC asked tax avoider to sign pledge not to engage in practice again Department says letter was sent as part of series of measures to discourage wider issue of tax avoidance and was not a legally binding document. [...] [ out of the lions mouth ] "one man’s aggressive avoidance is another man’s sensible planning" [...] [ but benefit "scroungers" go to jail. one tax cheat has yet to go to jail // google "daily mail benefits cheat jailed" vs daily mail tax cheat jailed // tax cheats fleece state because they use infrastructure and services for free, have thought about that? but can't jail you because you create jobs, and thus have a meaning to capitalistic society. benefit claimants, the sick, the vulnerable, the disabled have no place in a capitalistic society and thus in Osborne's budget considerations nor for the NHS which is in his eyes (actions speak louder than words, no investment to better society ... where is the Big Society item?) only a cost item. ] [write ur own rules $]
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
'Conscious cruelty': Ken Loach's shock at benefit sanctions and food banks | Film | The Guardian
People are having to choose between heating or food. This is causing long-term damage and is defining people as non-citizens. Sanctions don’t help people get into work, it increases the chaos in their lives.”
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Gordon Brown on tax credits and Jeremy Corbyn - YouTube
&! Steve Hilton on refugee crisis, Syria and tax credits - youtu.be/2JiKaIomDJU - ISIS is jihadist ideology, is long-term war. can not close door to refugees at same time you are committed to drone warfare and direct sight bombing with fighter jets. & Is Tories welfare reform reform or smoke screen/spin/reframing of austerity?!
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Trussell Trust Scots food bank referrals top 60,000 - BBC News
Delays in receiving benefits was the most common reason cited for financial hardship. About 28% of recipients said this was the reason they were in difficulty, the same proportion as last year. The percentage of referrals due to benefit changes dropped from 18% to 16%. The proportion of those referred due to low income increased from 18% to 21%. The trust's Scotland network manager Ewan Gurr said he was worried low income would become a bigger problem in the coming months. He said: "Difficulties related to welfare benefits are still driving the majority of people to our Scottish food banks but now one in five of those referred is on a low income. "Among that number is a growing body of people in low paid employment who are simply unable to make the pay cheque stretch far enough when crisis hits.
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november 2015 by asterisk2a
Food banks have become a lifeline for many, but where is the way out? | Patrick Butler | Society | The Guardian
Back in September 2012, however, when Bestwood and Bulwell food bank opened, Webster did not expect to be hugely busy, confidently believing it could be “run out of a cupboard”. What happened next was terrifying: the initial trickle of referrals turned into a flood, triggered by what Webster calls “downright poverty”. After a year, volunteers were “on their knees” (though they are on their feet again now, he adds), battered not only by the sheer weight of demand, but by the shocking specificity of the deprivation and injustice they encountered: the food bank client who was sanctioned by the jobcentre (had her benefits stopped) for not attending a job search interview even though she told them she was in hospital having chemotherapy; a woman client who asked if the food bank gave out tampons; she had no money and had been forced to use newspaper instead. It troubles him that so much of their work is, on the face of it, due to avoidable failures in state provision, ...
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Iain Duncan Smith calls people without a disability "normal"
The art of cruelty: why the Conservative attack on disabled people harms us all. No sick person responds to their diagnosis by thinking, “I can scam taxpayers for £73 a week!” [...] Not only is in-work poverty a larger drain on the benefits system than the unemployed, but most of the things that help disabled people get back to work have been cut. [...] They got away with this by launching an all-out propaganda assault that portrays disabled and workless people as “scroungers”, “sponging” off the state, when presumably they should be grateful not to be left on a hillside to die as would have been done in the good old days. [...] This is Tory Britain. [...] The welfare state is being dismantled and rebuilt as a machine to manage and discipline the workforce into accepting precarious labour, low pay and no social safety net. [...] this way the Tories can persuade the most vulnerable in society to accept their fate and the rest of us to believe that they deserve it. [...] moral hazard
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Migration rules need re-think - NHS boss - BBC News
A re-think of immigration rules which protect ballet dancers but not vital foreign nurses need re-thinking, the head of the NHS in England says. NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens made the comments over a new pay threshold for non-European workers. It means means migrants will have to leave the UK after six years if they are not earning at least £35,000. Exemptions are in place for some, including ballet dancers, but not nurses. The Royal College of Nursing has warned the rules would "cause chaos" for the NHS and waste money spent on recruitment. The union has said that by 2017 more than 3,300 NHS nurses could be affected, and by the end of the decade the numbers could be double that.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Scale of NHS deficits to be revealed - BBC News
"we are looking at a systematic problem across the health service." locum staff & sending patients 4 ops 2 private places paid by NHS 2 clear rising waiting lists (RISING DEMAND) & meet Targets. Bed blocking bc severe shortage of elderly care done by austerity. Ageing & premature ageing population & rise of chronic diseases (& thus other comorbidity things that are a result of chronic diseases:joint pains back pains heart problems mobility problems swollen legs bc bodies lymph system gives up skin problems infections care etc complex needs arise - bc they treat symptoms. not the problem, the root of all evil). NHS cant treat a sick population with the status quo it has been handed down by Tories policy. Tories like 2 remove benefits from parents of truants, disabled, vulnerable (to make their lives better). BUT Big Sugar & Processed Food? No nanny state there. Socially unacceptable. Unpopular amongst majority. Career Politicians unequal real reformer/visionary. &! bit.ly/1OpQXBS
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Homelessness figures: Nearly 100,000 children in England 'homeless' - BBC News
Nearly 100,000 children in England are living in temporary accommodation after being made homeless, new figures show. // &! More & more student start work after graduation in low pay jobs not requiring a diploma, due to current job market/job creation situation in UK! Not hitting 21k repayment threshold - bbc.in/1OU0K3H - OBR show fewer are likely to start paying than was expected when the policy was introduced, [...] freezing the loan repayment threshold - alongside other changes such as replacing maintenance grants for poorer students with loans - will significantly increase the cost of going to university. It says this risks undermining pledges by successive governments to improve social mobility, as well as raising uncertainty in students' minds over the terms of their borrowing. //&! Higher education cuts 'risk NI being left behind' - bbc.in/1gZMrgj //&! Doctors warn Tories not to cut free school meals (child poverty, food poverty) bbc.in/1LewQrn
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
The disabled and jobless need help, not harassment | Barbara Ellen | Comment is free | The Guardian
No one wants to stop disabled people working, to patronise or stereotype them, or condemn them to a life in the shadows. However, helping disabled people back into employment should be just about that – helping them. Instead, we’re left with a flimsy cover for herding and bullying highly vulnerable people out of the benefits system. //&! bit.ly/1MncLfD - Report on death of Michael O’Sullivan blames work capability assessment and warns of risk of more such deaths unless DWP takes action [...] this is believed to be the first time the work capability assessment (WCA) process has been blamed directly for a death. [...] In its 16-page response to the coroner’s report, the DWP admitted it had got it wrong. It said its policy to request further evidence when a claimant mentions suicide on claim forms was “regrettably not followed in this case”. //&! bit.ly/1Mfcmfd //&! bit.ly/1V6O0vz
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
NHS staff offered Zumba to keep well - BBC News
Simon Stevens will outline his £5m solution for cutting the NHS bill for staff sickness, which currently stands at £2.4bn a year. He will say hospitals can help staff stay well by serving healthy food and running Zumba and yoga classes. He will add that GPs should be offered specialist support to avoid burnout. Creating healthy and supportive workplaces is no longer a "nice to have, it's a must do", he will tell the NHS Innovation Expo conference in Manchester. Organisations will be asked to provide staff access to physiotherapy, smoking cessation and weight management services, as well as sports or exercise classes. And they should offer health checks for mental health and musculoskeletal problems - the two biggest causes of sickness absence across the NHS. 'Demanding jobs' Mr Stevens will say: "NHS staff have some of the most critical but demanding jobs in the country.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
If David Cameron really wants to help the poor, why hasn't he fired Iain Duncan Smith? - Comment - Voices - The Independent
In it Together, says that George Osborne’s view is that Duncan Smith is “just not clever enough”. But I did expect him to be moved, not primarily because he doesn’t measure up to the job, but because it would allow Cameron to ditch universal credit, the grand simplifying reform of the benefits system that everyone knows is never going to happen. So far, the best thing to be said about universal credit is that it doesn’t affect many people, as it is still being “rolled out” in “pilot schemes”. [...] Cameron knows perfectly well that it will never be implemented as intended; the Treasury knows it; No 10’s own civil servants gave up on it long ago, hence the joke about it being known as “universal cred” because the IT isn’t working. [ should take a page out of Obama's book (healthcare.gov) and ask somebody to help, who knows IT, and save it vs never able to fully deliver on it + additional cost. Comes back Cameron being a PR man and Career Politician. Never admitting to be wrong. ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Guardian view on welfare reform: death and the benefit system | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian
[I]f he wants to get more sick people working he must take the time to get the policy right. It is a matter of life and death [...] Instead, after fighting tooth and nail against the releasing the information at all, the numbers came in such sparse form that they were hard to make sense of. Whitehall always likes to leave awkward MPs and FoI requesters wishing they’d asked a slightly different question. [...] Treading carefully in welfare reform really can be a matter of life and death. Sadly, careful treading isn’t the Duncan Smith way. Against expert advice, he rammed through the WCA – which he now suggests needs another overhaul – at breakneck speed. He lost control of a caseload that had previously been falling, and his universal credit is so far off-track that it will not be completed during this parliament. // &! bit.ly/1EpRXDQ &! bit.ly/1Ik0ovC &! bit.ly/1fJlfSe &! bit.ly/1WOV3ra
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
What to Make of Amazon's Work Practices? | Bothsides of the Table
It’s best encapsulated in a famous Jeff Bezos quote, “You can work long, hard or smart, but at Amazon.com you can’t choose two out of three,” [...] Try working at Goldman Sachs, [...] You think it’s different at any of the top consulting firms? [...] You see organizations like these thrive on large pools of some of the country’s best and brightest graduates that trade off 2-5 years of work experience under extreme pressure in exchange for skills, experiences & relationships that will last a lifetime. [Accelerated Learning] [...] Think its a cake walk working @ any of the countries top law firms? [...] Should we do an article on what it’s like to be a medical resident? How abt working in the US military? Chief of Staff for a major political figure? What abt a top athlete in the NFL or NBA or even part of the coaching staff. Think they dont have work/life balance challenges in a field theyve chosen to work in? [#Top 100 of X vs avg white- or blue-collar worker ] [what u optimize for?]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Thousands have died soon after being found ‘fit to work’ by the DWP’s benefit tests - UK Politics - UK - The Independent
The Department for Work and Pensions battled for months not to release the numbers, with its chief minister Iain Duncan Smith at one point telling Parliament they did not exist. [...] "What lies behind these figures is a cruel climate generated by some politicians and sections of the media that seeks to demonise those in need and undermine public confidence in our welfare state," [...] In 2012 a government advisor appointed to review the Government’s Work Capability Assessment said the tests were causing suffering by sending sick people back to work inappropriately. // [ privatisation and profiteering ] // Mr Duncan Smith arguing that the previous cash level created a “perverse incentive”. // &! bit.ly/1Ik0ovC &! bit.ly/1fJlfSe - More than 80 people a month are now dying after being declared ‘fit for work’. The safety net that used to be there for the most vulnerable is being torn to shreds [...] stopped using the term social security and replaced it with “welfare”.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Figures suggest Dundee-Glasgow benefit sanctions 'lottery' - BBC News
The NPI director, Peter Kenway, said there did not appear to be any good reason for the disparity between Dundee and Glasgow in terms of the claimants themselves. He said: "You'd expect some random fluctuation but the difference between 12% of people every month and 7.5% every month can't in any way just be put down to random day-to-day fluctuation. "It's a clear sign that although it's the same system on paper, things are being run very differently in Dundee from the way it's run in Glasgow. To have the benefits system run unevenly and unfairly is completely unacceptable. "It's not that people want a soft system, they want a fair and straight system." [...] he DWP's approach was failing jobseekers. "The commonest reason for people being sanctioned is not doing enough job applications," he said. "I think the government is wasting everybody's time with their emphasis on people doing massive numbers of job applications."
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jobseeking Surrounded By Fictions, Myths And Convenient Narratives | Welfare Weekly
It is worth remembering that the origin of the social welfare payments by the state was to stop these kinds of moral judgements being made about a deserving and an undeserving poor. The state officially supports the stereotype of sympathy for the ‘deserving poor’ and scorn for the near criminality on the part of ‘scroungers’. [...] unemployed people are forced to drink this [Tories] cool-aid or face destitution. [...] Underlying all this is the deeper fiction that individuals are responsible for their own state of unemployment. [...] There is a broader change in the world of work, - neo-liberalism - whereby the rules developed at the height of the industrial revolution are now fully circumvented by employers [...] transfer the risk and responsibility around labour from the organisation (and state - ie keeping national workforce competitive through various means of education) to the individual. [...] leading 2 lowest common denominator regulation. [short-term, price fight, dereg]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Iain Duncan Smith sets his sights on mentally ill benefit claimants | News | The National
TOO many people with __“common” mental health problems__ are reliant on the state, [DWP] Iain Duncan Smith claimed yesterday. The Minister was speaking ahead of a major shake-up of the ESA benefit. He claimed the system was too “binary” and argued people with mental health problems would benefit from working. The SNP said his shake-up would force more people into hardship. In the speech, which was behind closed doors, IDS made no policy announcements, rather policy intentions. [...] [ putting it into the light of abuse of the 'system' >> ] Two absolutes equating to one perverse incentive[.] “This needs to change – things are rarely that simplistic. [ he already cut ESA warg ] &! youtu.be/BYAf5DuWaC0 "how much work can u do till u get treatment" - so much abt speech not being policy. never does he mention the stretched NHS&GP system especially mental health services. Will outsource assessment (profiteering) with quotas 2 meet, business as usual. &! bit.ly/1hEFIcS
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Is Channel 4's Benefits Street 'poverty porn'? - Newsnight - YouTube
misrepresentation of minority and under-represented who usually have no voice, are not heard. but exploited, in opportunistic way. // "The villain is the system that makes/forces them to live such a life." // subsidizing poverty wages. // // welfare state disproportionate debates and displayed to CEO pay and tax evasion and avoidance (size/cost of 1 year of tax evasion/avoidance = 1 parliamentary term of welfare state budget) and working poor and precarious working conditions. // Its the easiest thing to do vs the hardest thing to do - for Career Politicians. and charging hard against corporate and private tax evasion and avoidance, does NOT fill your parties funds and galas in london, and it does not make emotional headlines for tabloids to exploit.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Duncan Smith says 'fake claimant' officials face action - BBC News
Stephen Timms, Labour's acting shadow work and pensions secretary, said: "You couldn't make it up - but it seems Iain Duncan Smith can. The only way he can find backers for his sanctions regime is by inventing them." In one case study, a welfare claimant, "Sarah", explains how having her benefits cut had helped teach her the importance of having a CV and that she was now "really pleased" with how it looked. In the other, "Zac" said he let his work coach know when he was going to miss a meeting and because he did so, "my benefit payment hasn't changed". The apparent deception was uncovered by a Freedom of Information request by website Welfare Weekly. Mr Duncan Smith said "someone in the operations department" had posted the stories, which were "drawn as a summary from real-life cases but it wasn't a real-life case".
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeder Fünfte rutscht bei Jobverlust sofort in Hartz IV - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Viele der Betroffenen hätten zwar gearbeitet und ein ganzes Jahr Beiträge zur Arbeitslosenversicherung gezahlt. Sie hätten dies aber nicht innerhalb der letzten zwei Jahre - der sogenannten gesetzlichen Rahmenfrist - schaffen können, weil sie befristet oder unregelmäßig beschäftigt gewesen seien. Wegen der zu kurzen Beitragszahlungen oder einer zu lange zurückliegenden Beschäftigung führe dies "zum sofortigen Sturz in das Hartz-IV-System". Vor allem Leiharbeiter sowie kurzfristig und prekär Beschäftigte kommen laut Adamy oft gar nicht in den Schutz der Arbeitslosenversicherung. Von 183.000 Leiharbeitern, die im ersten Halbjahr arbeitslos wurden, seien 68.000 direkt auf Hartz IV angewiesen gewesen. [...] Diese Bedingungen will Bundesarbeitsministerin Andrea Nahles (SPD) nun lockern und den Nachweis-Zeitraum von zwei auf drei Jahre verlängern. [...] Kommunen 70m EUR sparen [...] BAA zusätzlichen Ausgaben in Höhe von 300m EUR ALG1
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
George Osborne is a magician – despite his record he’s seen as a success | Owen Jones | Comment is free | The Guardian
The chancellor’s record demonstrates a specialism in policies that are too complicated to successfully rebut – a pernicious but effective approach [...] ‘He turns myths into common sense. He spins policies that benefit the richest into rewards for aspiration. He transforms his disastrous record into success.’ [...] GDP per capita remains lower than before Lehman Brothers imploded. Not since the Victorian era have workers’ pay packets flatlined for as long as they have under Osborne. [...] His government pledged to start paying off the country’s debts, but he added more than every single Labour chancellor in history put together. Under his chancellorship, productivity has stagnated disastrously. In much-derided France, productivity is 27% higher. How can this record be regarded as anything other than dire?
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Row breaks out over benefit cuts 'suicide watch' claims - BBC News
The SNP and Labour have hit out over claims that frontline benefits staff are getting guidance on how to deal with claimants threatening suicide. The Sunday Herald reported that the advice has been given to Scottish Department for Work and Pensions staff. The SNP said it highlighted the "devastating impact" of benefit cuts and sanctions, while Labour said cuts were hitting the vulnerable. The DWP said staff can refer claimants for support and this was "nothing new". The guidelines for call centre staff are designed to help staff deal with unsuccessful applicants for Universal Credit who are threatening to self-harm or take their own life, the newspaper reported. [...] "That the UK government are issuing suicide guidance to their frontline staff is an acknowledgement by them of the devastating impact of their social security cuts on people's lives - it's not new guidance they need, it's a new approach." [...] [We are all in this together.] [But, sense of everyone for him/herself. ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Amazon's Culture: Toxic or Just Tough? by The Jay & Farhad Show
Hello! This week, Farhad Manjoo (New York Times) and Jay Yarow (Business Insider) are joined by special guest Jodi Kantor (New York Times) to discuss her polarizing article about Amazon's culture. // // how technology functions in the workplace - efficiency, quantified self << the feedback tool you can always use, what ever your state of emotion, gripe, stick, bias, prejudice, ... feudal Darwinism creeps into knowledge worker, white-collar and blue-collar workers, MBA's and PhD's. [...] contributes to gender inequality (women with the back on their wall, leave or get started and forget about family & kids, life.) [...] brutal years are NOT Tour of Duty - Reid Hoffman The Alliance. // PS: Reed Hastings (Netflix) Culture document transpires that it is expected to contribute, even if it doesn't spell it out. Netflix also had to fight and overcome as much as Amazon! Proves again that internal & external environment a company finds itself affects its values & culture inevitable [Thesis].
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
[ AMAZON's culture ] by USA TODAY Tech (podcast)
Amazon, Silicon Valley, Unicorns and Decacorns - go go go even for broke. making things happen. winning the category. // vs Google and Facebook are those that won sort of automatically and had not that much internal and external pressure growing up. had not to fight surviving dot.com crash. Facebook sort of became a self-runner despite of its many missteps. Amazon had to fight all the way, and still has to fight because now it faces antitrust on both sides of the Atlantic. That creates, inadvertently, a specific culture that has been cited by personal examples in the NYT piece.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Darwinism At Your Doorstep: Why You Only Care About Amazon Now | TechCrunch
“You either fit here or you don’t,” and that in Seattle the company has a widespread reputation for its toughness. For now, you have a choice whether to work for Amazon. For now, you have options. Amazon is the vanguard of a very scary movement in the tech sector but we’re not all there yet (though some techbros on Twitter seem happy at the thought of Amazon culture catching on). [...] Why do we care suddenly about working conditions when it turns out that white-collar employees are the ones getting shafted? The workers at Amazon fulfillment centers have much less choice and much less power than the marketers and engineers in the Times piece. [...] We’re acting shocked and horrified that Amazon applies what it calls “purposeful Darwinism” to people with MBAs and PhDs, // [ trend, conditions known in service sector job and manual labour sector swapping over into the cushy world of blue-/white-collar worker ] Capitalism regresses toward feudalism.
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Robert Reich: America is a nation of Amazons - Salon.com
before we celebrate the dawn of a new era, keep two basic truths in mind. First, these new policies apply only to a tiny group considered “talent” – highly educated and in high demand. They’re getting whatever perks firms can throw at them in order to recruit and keep them. “Netflix’s continued success hinges on us competing for and keeping the most talented individuals in their field,” writes Tawni Cranz, Netflix’s chief talent officer. [...] the vast majority of American workers – considered easily replaceable. Employers treat replaceable workers as costs to be cut, not as assets to be developed. Replaceable workers almost never get paid family leave, they get a few paid sick days, and barely any vacation time. [ three tier economy, those that are replacable, those who are somewhat not, and those who you can't easily replace - the 1% - reflective of CEO pay in parts ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The psychologists walking 100 miles to fight austerity’s impact on mental health | Dawn Foster | Society | The Guardian
[ Cindarella Service ] Psychologists embark on a mental health march to raise awareness of the devastating effect that cuts are having on their patients [...] Walk the Talk, an awareness-raising trek from the British Psychological Society (BPS) offices in Leicester to its headquarters in the capital, will take in visits to food banks, supported housing, homelessness services and mental health centres, recording testimonies from people whose psychological wellbeing has been jeopardised by the benefits system and Work Programme. [...] spectrum of mental health problems resulting from poverty. [...] Stress, depression and anxiety can be completely debilitating, he says, and when this stress is caused by hardship, trying to combat it through talking therapies feels like ignoring the reality of the situation. [...] Figures demonstrate that individuals in more unequal societies have poorer overall mental health and emotional wellbeing.”
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Rt Hon David Blunkett MP | Where Next for Welfare? - YouTube
helping people to cope w change in the labour market, enabling to succeed in a changing labour market. // instead one is exposed to the downward spiral of long-term unemployment, instead of enabling social mobility and income (and personal) growth // throwing away human capital // we inherit what we seed - you reap what you sow // min 24 - getting corporate entities to pay their fair share of tax // min 30 - honest system // psychology of welfare, the right way // min 55 investing in people, personal advisor // tax credit for on the job training/on-boarding of long-term unemployed, dual system (education & job), apprenticeships paying living wage // corporates get subsidies, why does an employee can't get that - helping to compete in this labour market // &! Welfare: When does the State say no? | 18.06.2013 - youtu.be/aBo-1WVu2YE // // &! [Labour] Alan Milburn: Education’s role in promoting social mobility - youtu.be/-sTuE2X99G4 - https://www.gov.uk/government/people/alan-milburn
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
IMF study finds inequality is damaging to economic growth | Business | The Guardian
International Monetary Fund paper dismisses rightwing argument that redistributing incomes is self-defeating. [...] It is 18 months since the IMF published its controversial view that government cuts to public-sector spending were having a larger detrimental effect than previously thought. The paper, written by its chief economist, Olivier Blanchard, was incendiary and sparked denials in London and Brussels where calls for austerity were strongest. [...] In an interview later Ostry said it was his belief that the inclusion of higher welfare payments would only support the argument in favour of redistribution. [... as there is a welfare, social security, pension payment cap on income in some of the G8 if I remember right, ie Germany for sure! ...] + http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_wilkinson "Richard Wilkinson: How economic inequality harms societies"
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march 2014 by asterisk2a
Op-Ed Columnist - Punishing the Unemployed - NYTimes.com
The answer is that we’re facing a coalition of the heartless, the clueless and the confused. Nothing can be done about the first group, and probably not much about the second. But maybe it’s possible to clear up some of the confusion.

By the heartless, I mean Republicans who have made the cynical calculation that blocking anything President Obama tries to do — including, or perhaps especially, anything that might alleviate the nation’s economic pain — improves their chances in the midterm elections. Don’t pretend to be shocked: you know they’re out there, and make up a large share of the G.O.P. caucus.

By the clueless I mean people like Sharron Angle, the Republican candidate for senator from Nevada, who has repeatedly insisted that the unemployed are deliberately choosing to stay jobless, so that they can keep collecting benefits.
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july 2010 by asterisk2a
Op-Ed Columnist - Free to Lose - NYTimes.com
Germany came into the Great Recession with strong employment protection legislation. This has been supplemented with a “short-time work scheme,” which provides subsidies to employers who reduce workers’ hours rather than laying them off. These measures didn’t prevent a nasty recession, but Germany got through the recession with remarkably few job losses.

Should US be trying anything along these lines? In a recent interview in The Washington Post, Lawrence Summers, the Obama administration’s highest-ranking economist, was dismissive: “It may be desirable to have a given amount of work shared among more people. But that’s not as desirable as expanding the total amount of work.” True. But we are not, in fact, expanding the total amount of work — and Congress doesn’t seem willing to spend enough on stimulus to change that unfortunate fact. So shouldn’t we be considering other measures, if only as a stopgap?

European-style employment policies is that they’re bad for long-run growth
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may 2010 by asterisk2a
Don't Blame Unemployment Extension for High Jobless Rate - Real Time Economics - WSJ
San Francisco Fed chief Janet Yellen warned earlier this month the unemployment rate may only tick down to 9.25% by year’s end, before heading to a still high 8% by the end of 2011. If she’s right, that suggests the problem of extended unemployment will be an enduring one. Economists and legislators alike will have to confront again the issue of unemployment insurance, both as a lifeline and as coddling element.
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april 2010 by asterisk2a
Unemployment Extension Adds Up to 99 Weeks of Benefits - Real Time Economics - WSJ
The latest extension of unemployment benefits couldn’t come at a better time, it seems; President Barack Obama signed legislation into law Friday providing an additional 14 to 20 weeks of benefits for those who have already exhausted theirs or will do so by year-end.
Job seekers search for work at a jobs fair. (Getty Images)

The extension comes on the same day the Labor Department announced the U.S. unemployment rate hit 10.2% in October, crossing into double-digits for the first time in 26 years as the nation’s jobless swelled to 15.7 million.

The bill, passed earlier this week by both the Senate and the House of Representatives, extends federal jobless benefits by 14 weeks for Americans in all 50 states who face exhaustion before year-end, and by 20 weeks for those living in states where the unemployment rate is 8.5% or higher. (See a chart of state-by-state unemployment.)
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november 2009 by asterisk2a
By Year’s End, Benefit Lifeline to End for 1.5 Million Jobless - NYTimes.com
Over the coming months, as many as 1.5 million jobless Americans will exhaust their unemployment insurance benefits, ending what for some has been a last bulwark against foreclosures and destitution.
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even her teenagers could not find fast-food jobs because laid-off adults were filling them.
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august 2009 by asterisk2a

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