An Important Call Out To Take Action NOW!! Update Round 2

Via PCS Union Email

Dear equality campaigners, 

Final push to save the general equality duty

Action now – please send the new updated email to MPs www.pcs.org.uk/saves3

Huge thanks to everyone for sending the campaign email to save our equality law. Nearly 4,000 people sent the email to their MP in just five days.

While most MPs voted on Tuesday to scrap our equality law, this was just the first round of voting on the issue. There will be another vote soon so we really need to apply the pressure once more.

The impact of your emails was significant. A lot of MPs are clearly troubled by the issue and refused to do what they were told by their political parties, and decided not to vote at all. A few in government were brave enough to vote against their parties altogether.

With one more massive push – with us and all our friends, colleagues and families sending the campaign email – we might succeed in getting them to take that extra step to voting against their government.

We’ve updated the wording of our email to MPs www.pcs.org.uk/saves3 . Please send it to your MP again (particularly if they are in government) and send the link round to your friends, family and colleagues.

It is important that everyone does this, particularly if you/they live in a constituency of a government MP.

Please take two minutes now to send the automated message to your MP www.pcs.org.uk/saves3

If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, please post a link using hashtag #saves3

Thank you so much for all your help and passion on this,

Natasha Burgess, Campaign Officer

Campaigns and Communications
Public and Commercial Services Union
Web: www.pcs.org.uk
PCS, 160 Falcon Rd, London SW11 2LN

FAKE DWP ‘test’ reveals sinister govt ‘psy-war’

The SKWAWKBOX

Please read and share this widely – I think it might just be massive.

I wrote yesterday about the psychological bullying being inflicted on unemployed people by Jobcentre Plus on behalf of the Department of Work and Pensions, as huge, intimidating tasks are inflicted on people with minimal literacy, confidence and computer skills – backed by the threat of benefit ‘sanctions’ if they are not completed by a very short deadline.

But it gets even worse. One part of the series of tasks being imposed is an online ‘My strengths test’, consisting of a series of 48 multiple-choice answers to questions about your personality.

I can reveal that this ‘test’ is a completely bogus scam designed to manipulate unemployed people into performing a completely random, week-long exercise of incorporating supposed ‘characteristics’ into their daily behaviour.

How do I know this? Because the ‘test’ is fake – it allocates you a…

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What you need to know about Atos assessments.

Politics and Insights

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Courageous whistleblower, Scottish nurse and ex-Atos employee, Joyce Drummond, who recently made a heartfelt apology to Atos assessment victims, has submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament Select Committee on Welfare Reform.

Joyce forwarded some of her notes to me, containing this information about Atos assessments. We had some dialogue about the content. I have edited where needed, organised the notes and added some information to the text. I’ve included the contents from Joyce’s notes in full. Both Joyce and I share this information in the hope that people going through Atos assessments will find it helpful.

Joyce told me: 

“I knew nothing about Atos when I joined, and left as soon as I realised that there was no way to fight from the inside.  I stated at my interview for the job that I believed in social inclusion and social justice.

I went for 4 weeks training in England. The…

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