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(en) Britain, Resist the G8 Employment Ministers Meeting: London 10th-11th March

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Date Sat, 5 Mar 2005 23:22:54 +0100 (CET)

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G8 Employment Ministers - Get a proper job!
Meet: 12.00 @ Department of Trade & Industry Victoria Street, London
SW1 O St James Park Thursday 10 March 2005
Local actions on 11 March - go for it!
On 6-8 July this year at the exclusive golf and hotel
complex at Gleneagles, Scotland, leaders of the
world’s biggest economies will put their heads
together and decide what they’ll do with us in the
coming year. We will gather there and say a resounding
NO to their plans.

In London on 10-11 March, employment ministers of the
G8 nations have their own ‘mini-summit’. They also
make decisions that affect our lives — where, how and
under what conditions we work, what happens if we
don’t work, and what awaits us upon retirement.

They have their own strange language to describe what
they aim to impose. They call it ‘help’,
‘inclusiveness’ and ‘active ageing’ — they really mean
compulsion to work in worse conditions for more
people, and cutting pensions and benefits. They talk
about ‘flexibility’, ‘harnessing human potential’;
they really mean exploiting ‘human capital’. ‘Removing
barriers’? That means casualisation, clawing back
security and improvements that workers have won
through years of struggle.

We are taking to the streets to assert our refusal to
be human capital, raw material to be twisted and
shaped for profit. We won’t be conscripted into
meaningless toil that does not fulfill social needs.
Compulsory work schemes as a condition for benefit are
there to impose discipline and to control us. And when
people are compelled to work, wages go down and
workers in employment have less power.

Meanwhile, migrants and refugees who make it past the
border police face more detention, denial of benefits
— and exploitation as a cheap labour force. They are
scapegoated and isolated as ‘bogus asylum seekers’,
but it is only the bosses and the powerful who profit
from insecurity, reduced pay and safety and state
harrassment of the unemployed.

The last G8 meetings in the UK in 1998 focused on
‘employability’ and economic restructuring. Now we see
social cuts, privatisation, ‘flexploitation’ and
compulsory work schemes imposed throughout Europe and
beyond. So what do the G8 employment ministers have in
mind for us today? Let’s make those plans unworkable!
This is just the beginning…

Bring costumes, music and noisemakers to mark the
launch of a new JobcentrePlus scheme

New deal for the dead

To mark the meeting of the G8 employment ministers on
10 March, we will be launching a programme that will
build on the achievements of initiatives such as New
Deal for Partners, New Deal for Lone Parents, New Deal
for Disabled People and New Deal for Over-50s. Since
its inception in 1997 the New Deal has been a
recognised success in imposing skills and training
policies aimed at creating an adaptable, flexible and
productive workforce. It has pioneered active labour
market policies to prevent people from drifting into
long-term unemployment or inactivity and becoming
detached from the labour market.

We have therefore been working towards extending our
successful welfare-to-work programme to embrace those
sections of the population that remain economically
inactive and by far the most detached. We are rolling
out a plan to bring help to the most neglected and
marginalised group — those who are no longer with us.

We believe there is a vast buried potential of labour
power in this overlooked group. Therefore, we are
setting up a pilot area known as Zone Of Mortality
Bringing Inclusive Employment (ZOMBIE). The New Deal
for the Dead will initially target those who have been
dead for under six months, with the eventual aim of
reaching the long-term dead. Those fulfilling criteria
in the pilot area will be dug up for interviews with
their own specialist personal advisors, followed by
thirteen weeks of an Intensive Animation Period (IAP).
Work placement will follow IAP. Employers will receive
a subsidy of £70 per week, as well as enjoying the
advantage of staff who have been given a good
grounding in productive work habits.

If the UK is to remain competitive in the world
market, all existing resources must be utilised. It is
essential we seek out new sections of the populace to
exploit. A scheme like New Deal for the Dead will not
only deliver a vast reserve of able workers, it will
also free up the land now used for cemeteries to be
more profitably used for essential services such as
carparks and offices for administering New Deal

Before 2005 there was no presumption that after death
individuals needed to think about or engage with the
labour market. Popular attitudes held that after years
of unproductively drawing a pension and going to
pottery classes, you will eventually get put in the
ground. Once there, an individual can just lie there
and do nothing. However, the results the New Deal show
that such backward-looking public attitudes can be

While we are extending help and support to deceased
citizens, we have to make it clear that being dead is
no excuse for not working. Those who do not wish to
take up our offer of help will meet with the regime of
sanctions and penalties that has enabled other New
Deal schemes to work effectively and change the face
of employment policy.

But even the dead get restless…

To find out more about resisting the G8 visit:
* [Ed. Note: Dissent! is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
direct action social struggle initiative against the G8.]========

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