On 16th May, three protesters sneaked into an industry conference to make sure employment minister Mark Hoban’s lies didn’t go unchallenged. In the week where it was revealed that he has profited over £100,000 from the sale of his taxpayer-funded second home, we thought we should remind him about the £130 million he robbed from the poorest when he rewrote history so that unlawful sanctions didn’t have to be repaid.
GovKnow’s Employment, Apprenticeships & Skills conference was about using welfare reforms to create incentives to work. It aimed to show employers where to look for cheap, compliant and mandated workers and to show educators and recovery organisations how to create those workers. It showed all those attending how to rebrand unpaid work as training, learning and recovery.
One protester spoke for five minutes until Mark Hoban had to leave the room; she was then evicted. When Hoban returned to the stage, another protester took up where she had left off. As he was evicted another one popped up again!
This is not the first time that industry conferences have been challenged. Others have been invaded, relocated and disrupted too. These events are all about the money to be made out of unemployment and out of the unemployed. It’s clear there’s no money to be made by the unemployed in the form of employment.