posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 09:07 PM
This thread is just the best!
Not everyone wants a job, I don't...but I got one anyway. I'd give it away if I could, but my boss would notice if I were replaced by an
I didn't always have a job, there were times I was unemployed, often long periods of time. I did a lot of agency work mostly in factories. It was
often sporadic, they were unpredictable and unreliable. You'd get sent to a site or factory, get there, be told something or other and sent home or
shifted elsewhere. Laid off for long periods of time and all that, so I can appreciate how handy jobseekers allowance was.
Last time I claimed was about 5 years ago, they'd made it much tougher, it's not an easy ride as some think. For a start you don't get much, you
can't party with it or anything it has to last a fortnight. It's not a fun life by anyones standard, and can get quite depressing. I've found
steady employment and am lucky, it's just getting harder to find decent jobs...agencies are a bad thing. I did agency work in a warehouse a few years
ago to earn some extra christmas money than never got it. I called them a few times and they were just lying to me and kinda taking the mick so I let
'em keep it - wouldn't degrade myself, I took the hit and kept some dignity and learned from it, they's just baaaaaad.
Anyway...give the guy a break, I ain't ever been homeless but I've been unemployed and it wasn't easy, it was awful. I'd hate to be back
there...but to be unemployed now...it's so much harder than it was years ago when I was in that position. It is a kind of slavery, to put someone in
a position where they're working for a pittance. I did their stupid 14 week work programs, it's just slavery. I worked awful jobs for my jobseekers
allowance, had no choice. You barely earn enough a fortnight to travel to work and back never mind look for a job. Because that's what it's
apparently for, not rent, or surviving - it's to help with the costs of looking for work. But you do need it to survive, to travel to where they send
you, you're still a human and still need to eat - it's degrading, so I don't resent contributing to a system that I've used in the past, nor do I
resent those that use it when they fall on bad timest. I resent those that abuse it, the people who can work but care not to and simply sit back and
claim JSA as if it's a god-given right..so I suppose in a way that kinda puts me on the fence...I kinda see both points of the argument.
People always ay "oh, get a job...etc, you lazy so-and-so" and that's all well and good...will they give me a weeks advance right away because
I've no food...what's the alternative? If you get a job, in many cases you can wait up to a month before actually getting any money...the government
don't support you. I remember getting a job in a shop and needed trousers and shoes to start the job, I'd not a penny...they point blank refused to
help. I'm standing in a queue with junkies and delinquents and they're actively blocking my best efforts to find gainful employment.
I'm just lucky I'd plenty of support from family and could rely on them when things got bad, and now they can rely on me. Without that, I can't
imagine how hard it could have been. Here's a guy who's been homeless, a lot of homeless people simply resign to that lifestyle, some even become
accustomed and actually want to be homeless. This guy's trying to pick himself up and needs support. No matter how many unemployed there are - I'll
still pay tax, they'll find some other way to take it. I'd rather my tax money went towards helping this guy than the alcoholics and junkies who
seem to get preferrential treatment over people who want to better themselves and just need some support.