Benefit bashing hurts the whole working class
By Mike Treen, Unite National Director
(Reprinted from The Daily Blog)
Sometimes working people get misled by some of the arguments used to bash the beneficiary as bludgers and so on.
Firstly we should know that having a welfare system is vital to putting a floor under how far we can be pushed down in this society.
When unemployment went from less than 3% to 12% over a few years during the deep recession of the late 1980s and early 1990s it wasn’t because workers suddenly had a fit of laziness and abandoned our jobs. We were forced out of working by the bosses and their system – capitalism.