Employment, Apprenticeships & Skills Conference 2013 16th May 2013
This conference is about the use of welfare reform to create incentives to work. The conference planning committee has already ruled out the option of well paid work.
Instead, the focus is on stepping up efforts to force people to work longer, harder, with greater insecurity and fewer rights, for very much less money.
The conference is also about ‘creating employees that business needs’ – in other words compliant, frightened, non unionised, isolated, grateful, desperate, aspirational, eager to please and above all, endlessly cheerful, positive and upbeat workers – no matter how exploited.
You can find details of the agenda here. Special highlights include:
- how to pay low wages and still get highly skilled workers
- government incentives for taking on those who are too sick to work
- finding disabled people who are especially willing to work for nothing
- diversity pays! Watch your wage bill plummet as disadvantaged groups clamour for zero hour contracts
- focus on recovery: people who are hungry and homeless are a real bargain
In addition to DWP’s very own Mark Hoban, Minister for Workfare, collaborators at this festival of exploitation include the Work Foundation and NIACE.
The Work Foundation has long lost any pretensions it might once have had to original thinking about the nature of work in advanced capitalist societies. It is now a reliable source of homilies on the benefits of work, work, work and exclusive videos with titles like ‘wellbeing and high performance culture’. Based at Lancaster University, it’s awash with features like the Big Innovation Centre and aspirations to make the UK a ‘global innovation eco-hub’.
It’s sad to see NIACE taking part. They’ve done good work to support access to adult learning. Someone should remind them ‘if you sup with the devil, you need a long spoon’.