Jobcentre Staff: Thatcherite Ground Troops
A Jobcentre Plus sign
The Jobcentres were first set up in the late 1970s to early 1980s, taking over from the previous more informal Labour Exchanges.
When they started, Jobcentres provided a three tier service. This was made up of a section where people made new claims and signed on, a section where people viewed jobs available and could apply for them, as well as another section where unemployed people could register and the staff were actually supposed to try and find them a job, but only for a period of about three weeks! Jobcentre staff often had plate glass windows to protect them although they didn’t harass claimants. The plate glass was removed when the harassment started, then they got security guards.
The format, or at least the activities carried out in Jobcentres, started to change in about 1986. At that time, the benefits called Unemployment Benefit and Supplementary Benefit were replaced by Income Support. People always had to be “looking for work” to claim these benefits, but all this involved was filling in a form saying what kind of work they were looking for, then signing a slip of paper once every two weeks to say that during the previous two weeks you had been looking for work. As the comedian Eddie Izzard once pointed out, before he was known to support those Labour Party life wreckers and murderers, it was even possible to say you were looking for work as a shepherd in Birmingham, although you probably wouldn’t get any. It wasn’t all plain sailing, though. Long term unemployed people could occasionally be threatened under Section 10 of The Social Security Act 1976. The threat was to be forced to go to a Section 10 camp. These camps were likely to be nowhere near where the claimants lived, as well as having different camps according to gender and even marital status. There were basically a few months of digging ditches, etc, in exchange for bed, board and “pocket money”, but I don’t think many people ever had to go there.
Income Support shifted the burden of proof from Jobcentre staff to benefit claimants themselves, as well as abolishing claims for “one off payments”, replacing them with the Social Fund which had to be repaid. Under Income Support, benefit claimants had to offer some evidence that they had been looking for work in order to carry on receiving their benefits, instead of Jobcentre staff trying to prove that they weren’t looking for work. Apart from this, although people were supposed to sign on at a particular time of day, if they didn’t manage to do this, they wouldn’t be punished at all, except possibly by being paid one day late. Gradually, some harassment was introduced, such as turning off the signing on system during the hours of 12:00-14:00, so that when I once arrived at about 12:05 I was told to come back after 14:00. I had arranged to meet up with some friends nowhere near there, so I just told them I couldn’t come back after 14:00 because I had a job interview, then they accepted that and I was allowed to sign on the following day. Nowadays, this wouldn’t be allowed, and a claimant could be murdered as a result.
Later on, came the dreaded Jobseekers’ Allowance, thought up by mass murderer and slave trader Ken Clarke. Before it was introduced, there were horror stories that people would only receive it for six months, before being cut off and being left to die, as well as demands to adopt a “smart appearance” even on visits to the Jobcentre. There was speculation that even Tory MP Michael Heseltine didn’t comply with this stereotype, but then it seems this was never enforced.
Under the system of JSA one thing that did happen was Jobcentre staff using the Nuremburg Defence of “Only following orders”, reworded in my case as “He’s only doing his job”, as an excuse for harassing people half to death, or even actually to death. Thanks to the former so called Social Democrat German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder” (SPD), this system has been copied in Germany, using the pathetic excuse that this was because otherwise the government couldn’t afford to maintain the welfare state. It’s called “Hartz Vier” with the benefit “Arbeitslosengeld Zwei”, as well as the former “Arbeitsamt” offices being renamed “Jobcenter”, so it’s totally obvious where they got it from!
It was actually a woman who worked at Jobcentres who helped me get my first flat, when I was unemployed during the time that unemployed people got Income Support, because she was a singer, and I was providing her with my valuable services as a guitarist and songwriter. As I was involved with this woman for about two years, I saw how her attitude changed, because she was being brainwashed by the DSS. She decided that my services were worth less and less all the time, until eventually they weren’t worth anything at all. We split up because of arguments about money, or basically how she was trying to make me even worse off, so she could make herself better off, and how poor she was compared to people like Alan Sugar and the Queen, although she was much better off than me, and I was one of the people who provided her with the work she did! She eventually started spouting DSS propaganda such as “I’m SURE you could get a job!”, which really means “I’m sure you could DO a job!”, but of course getting a job is dependent on scum like Alan Sugar agreeing to it.
When JSA was about to start, I went to a meeting to discuss how people could oppose or stop it. This meeting was organised by a former Jobcentre worker who got sacked for resisting benefit changes, and was attended by some Jobcentre staff, as well as claimants. One Jobcentre bitch put on a pathetic act, saying “I don’t want to implement JSA, but I’ve GOT to!” It was obvious to me that she really meant she would implement JSA to maintain her lifestyle, including eating in restaurants, taking taxis, and going on holiday, because it was beneath her to be sacked and live on benefits like the people she agreed to harass. She reminded me of that other Jobcentre bitch who was a singer.
I was briefly a member of the SWP (Socialist Workers’ Party), because I thought they had my interests at heart. Unfortunately, I eventually found out that they sympathised with my enemies, the Jobcentre staff as well as the Housing Benefit incompetent bastards and nutters. This was because some Jobcentre staff and possibly Housing Benefit bastards, were members of the SWP and because some of them had kids, so according to the SWP both of these were good enough excuses for them to harass me. I think a good solution to this problem would have been for their kids to be seized, then given to good homes, meaning homes not involved in harassing and murdering unemployed people, where they would be taught that people’s lives are more important than money. As for the SWP, they’re just a joke, not a proper political party at all. They often told people to vote Labour although they claimed to hate them, set up single issue front organisations usually starting with the words “We are”, then eventually tried to deal with a rape case by setting up their own kangaroo court.
Some of my ideas to defeat Jobcentre staff harassment are for unemployed people to get together and organise themselves, then take action such as following Jobcentre staff home, making it as subtle as possible. They should work in teams, bit by bit, noticing which direction the staff go when they leave the Jobcentre, then follow them up to a certain point before making a note to be passed on to someone else who can follow them from that point another day, to stop them suspecting anything. This would soon lead to their home addresses being discovered. After this, at harassment sessions given by these members of staff, their victims should quickly say something such as “I’d like to talk to you about…” followed by their address. This technique could immediately scare the shit out of any of these bastards, forcing them to stop harassing anyone who said it. If that wasn’t enough, then an angry mob could turn up outside their houses, shouting a whole load of insults, as well as chucking a brick through their window. Just picture the scene inside as one of their precious brats asks a question such as “Mummy, what’s a collaborator?” Of course, Jobcentre staff are often moved from one Jobcentre to another, so this means that groups of unemployed people from different Jobcentres would have to pool their information about these bastards.
I think all of this shows that it’s totally right to hate and despise Jobcentre staff, as well as to take revenge on them. I think they deserve the same fate as the Nuremburg war criminals!
Basically, Jobcentre staff say to their victims “Do this, or I’ll kill you!” Their response should be “Not if I kill you first!” I think killing Jobcentre staff is justified, because this would save the lives of people they’re planning to murder. After this had been done, their co conspirators would think twice before murdering anyone else.