Thursday, February 26, 2009

Crush the Poor

Finally the proletariat have thrown off their shackles, got up off their knees and struck a fatal blow to ... social welfare recipients. The CPSU's one day strike today was an utter disgrace: a sickening spectacle of people in secure, pensionable, state-guaranteed jobs denying access to benefits to the most vulnerable groups in society. And our supine, spineless, gutless politicians didn't so much as raise a peep about it.

Is this Social Partnership's legacy: civil servants beating up on the unemployed whilst purse-lipped politicians look the other way? Seriously: did a single elected representative condemn this? Or are they all, miraculously, from constituencies that don't have social welfare recipents? For that matter, where are CORI Justice when you need them? There should be a revolution all right: by those same sad people now dependent on the whims of sinecured civil servants for the money to get by one week to the next.

Still, RTE did report that not all social welfare recipients were affected:

The department said the strike closed all 62 local social welfare offices that serve cities and larger towns.

However, the 64 branch offices operated by private contractors were open, allowing the unemployed who normally use them to sign-on and to avail of other services.

I wonder can I persuade CORI to demand the privatisation of the remaining state-run social welfare offices? In the name of social justice for welfare recipients of course. Or are they too tightly held by the shackles of Social Partnership? Think I know the answer to that one ...

1 comment:

  1. I thought you could get your dole paid into your account directly, like when you had wages! Why make being unemployed more miserable by queuing in the cold to be served at a counter by someone with a face like a bulldog licking nettles? I work in a building where the civil servants have institutionalised overtime - except for today - they were all gone by 4:30pm. Nobody is willing to tackle the organisational overtime issue though......which is my real point.....a government with no balls.....and I had high hopes for harney on that score

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