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Friday, 30 November 2012

Can these arguments be used to challenge "workfare" in UK?

This regarding Workfare in Canada - from 1998 UN report.

"The Committee notes with concern that at least six provinces in Canada (including Quebec and Ontario) have adopted “workfare” programmes that either tie the right to social assistance to compulsory employment schemes or reduce the level of benefits when recipients, who are usually young, assert their right to choose freely what type of work they wish to do. In many cases, these programmes constitute work without the protection of fundamental labour rights and labour standards legislation. The Committee further notes that in the case of the province of Quebec, those workfare schemes are implemented despite the opinion of the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the decisions of the Human Rights Tribunal that those programmes constitute discrimination based on social status or age."

- 1998 UN report by the COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS
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Now lets see if these arguements can be used in UK for stopping the Mandatory Work Schemes eh? 

We really need a legal type person on this dont we? Or do we all take these arguments forward to our MPs? 

1 comment:

  1. I've passed this along to Public Interest-type person Tessa Gregory, one of the PI lawyers who fought against Workfare on behalf of Cait Reilly.

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