DWP & The real face of discriminatory practices in Britain…….
I was asked by the DWP to attend a Jobs Fair on the 19th of October (list of those companies attending listed below). I must admit I raised an eyebrow as more than half those attending are in fact employment agencies which I already know offer zero hours contracts. never the less I attended. I took up an offer of one agency whom stated that they had production line superviers and data entry roles available for immediate starts. That seemed promising so I arranged to come back in and sign up with the agency at their induction day which again would be held at Melton Mowbray DWP offices. Now I’m raising the other eyebrow. Why are the DWP facilitating induction days on behalf of companies that offer zero hours contracts at a stated norm. I soon found out.
I received a phone call actually several asking me to go in early as my documents had not been photocopied properly and thus they needed me in forty minutes early so as to facilitate this and give me an induction to the factory. So I attended forty minutes early. I got there at 9.20 (how I got there you can see in the attached email that I sent to the DWP regarding the whole experience) and I was on a production line by 9.30. No induction no idea of where the fire exits where no idea of who my supervisor was. But considering the buses and trains had stopped running I was there until the morning so I thought you know what just get on with it.
As I said I was given no induction to the premises thereby breaking the first health and safety regulation. The coordinator could not be bothered to take me down on to the factory floor and thus I was passed to some young girl whom was told to take me down and get me kitted out. She just round and said no and walked off. I don’t have any more eyebrows to raise now. But I thought your in control and that’s the lack of it that you have ummmmmm….. The next person that I was passed on to made a total face of disdain and said follow me. “I’ve got to be on my line in five minutes if we are late the supervisors start shouting at us so I don’t want to be late”. We walked through the changing rooms and it was take one of these put these on and get a pair of wellington boots from over there. I did as I was told but when it came to the wellington boots they had nothing my size. I said to the young girl they don’t have my size. “Just put on any pair I’m going out to the lines now”. So I forced on a pair that were two sizes too small and did my best to hobble after this very fast walking person.
Three hours later when the only break for the night came I limped in to see the coordinator. I informed her that there were no wellington boots to fit me. Her response wasn’t surprising. “There are wellington boots out there go get a pair and get back on the line”. Plain and simple another breach of heath and safety. Again knowing that I was stuck there until the first train I went to see what was the biggest size I could find this time round. I was more fortunate than the last as there were a pair that were only one size two small. So for another three and a half hours I hobbled about in boots that were creating the feet from hell syndrome.
I sent the following email to the DWP outlining my concerns…..
“Re: I believe we have a meeting at 10.10 this morning…..
Mon 31/10, 11:15
Carter Helen DWP WORK SERVICES COACH (HELEN.CARTER2@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK)
I did go in on Friday.
I was a little concerned that they asked me to go in early 9.20 instead of ten supposedly to re-photocopy my documents.
There was no data entry position nor line supervisor. But I thought seeing as I was there I’d give it a go. I was on the production line by 9.30. There is no 10-6 shift as I was told. It’s 9.30 till finish which could be any time between 4/5.30 thus making it inaccessibly to public transport. I spent the first three hours wearing size 9 boots, I’m a size 11 when I saw the coordinator at lunch and told her I could not find boots my size her response was there are boots out there go get and be on the line on time. I then spent the rest of the night working in boots which were size 10. I can’t tell you how uncomfortable my feet still are but to then have to walk for 45 minutes to the train station and still have to wait outside in the cold for the first train at 6.30 just made things worse. The shift coordinator informed me that she did not have a position available for me and that I would cover for her temps as and when the need arises i/e when one was off sick or someone was on holiday. I’m concerned that this kind of service is being promoted by the job-center I think it’s abusive in more than one way.
The response to this email was a phone call from the Manager stating that after speaking with me and getting both sides of the story the information in the email would be passed to a decision maker. I asked her other than my concerns in regard to my own health and safety what decision needed to be made. She did not respond. A copy of the conversation will be attached at the end of this article. I have not received any further communication from the DWP but having been asked to and attending a Jobseeker’s Direction i/e justify why your not working on the 31st I’m clueless as to why the manager and the above mentioned advisor felt that either my experience needed to be investigated or that I had acted in some inappropriate manor.
This is the same manager that I approached when I saw a need in the DWP offices for someone to be available to assist those coming in that were not computer literate. I approached her stated the need and the fact that I would be willing to do this as voluntary work. It was arranged for me to go to another council office detail my proposal have an interview. That was the last I heard. They now employ two or three individuals to cover that need.
This is the same manager that would not consult with the working links coordinator whom works closely with the police and DWP in relation to long term unemployed individuals and having paid working links to assist me refused to follow up when working links refused to take my calls or give any indication as to their findings or lack of.
This is the same manager that refused to follow up the job offers that I have had which have been withdrawn without or with dubious excuses. NACRO, Stamford College, Leicester College and a few others.
This is the same manager that agrees my transfer to a different advisor every three months or passes me on to temps brought in from other DWP offices thereby ensuring that I do not get access to any support initiatives that are available. An example being that instead of telling me to walk the two miles each way to the factory a week ago on Friday they could have put me forward for the wheels to work programme whereby I could have received either a bicycle or moped loan to do the jurney. Discrimination and prejudice in action…..!
As you will hear from the phone conversation with the manager. Her concern was not the deception and lies that were told in order to get me into the factory nor the fact that health and safety regulations were breached in fact she would not respond when asked what it was that she felt a decision needed to be made upon, which is really kind of strange considering that she was there and was aware of the offers that I had been made i/e data entry and line supervisor. She’s looking to find a way to penalise me for not working despite the fact that nowhere in my jobseekers agreement have I agreed to be a production line worker working for £7.20 an hour on a night shift with a zero hours contract. I am concerned that this racist prejudicial practicing individual is using and abusing her position to carry out what she deems as appropriate intimidation and bullying and the withholding of services on behalf of others whom she openly states she is keeping an eye out for on this site……
This manager is the same one that claims to monitor my website for my comments in regards to the racists MP Alan Duncan, Helen Briggs of Rutland County Council and the headmaster of Catmose Federation Stuart Williams. This is the same woman that asked me “do you really think that there’s some form of conspiracy against you” and considering it was a statement out of the blue and out of context well yes now I actually do. Your job role does not require you to monitor my site but what it is proving to be is discriminatory practices in your services and dealings with myself. This is the same woman whom got annoyed when I appealed a decision and told me that if I’m not careful she would claim back the travel expenses i/e train fares that I had received to attend interviews in Birmingham and such like places. Intimidation, harassment and bullying characteristic sings to prejudice and discriminatory behaviour. This constant badgering and investigation by government authorities is something that I have had to deal with for over ten years now within the country of Rutland and that’s from every department, police, council, schools and increasingly more so the DWP. This is the real face of prejudice and discrimination in Britain………..
As the DWP have been advised any phone calls made to my property are recorded in order for clarification in relation to disputes and thus are made knowing that I will use such recordings as and when I see fit to challenge individual and departmental discriminatory practices. Please also be aware that this site is copywrite protected thus any use reference to or copying of any material on this site is strictly prohibited unless I give express permission. Which I have not…..!
I could not get the phone call to upload but it can be found here…..