The government’s in-work sanctions are incompatible with ‘halving the disability employment gap’ (and other ideological problems)

Politics and Insights

imgresThe government have introduced in-work sanctioningfor low paid and part-time workers to “incentivise” them to “progress” in work. Historically,  wages and work conditions were raised, and hours were negotiated by Trade Unions. Now those decisions are entirely down to the executive decisions of employers not employees. Sanctioning employees is grossly unfair, because they have no negotiating and bargaining power (especially since the raft of Conservative anti-Trade Union legislation) to improve their lot.

There is also a significant growing body of empirical evidence that informs us sanctions do not work as the government claim.

It’s not as if employees’ behaviour is at fault or that they would ever actually want poor pay, fewer rights and adverse working conditions – that’s down to exploitative employers who are primarily profit driven. It’s hardly fair to punish workers for the motivations and behaviour of their employers.

There are profoundly conflicting differences…

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