Spin is one thing, but devil is in detail
Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of an extension to the government’s ‘furlough’ scheme to protect workers’ income is being broadcast uncritically by the ‘mainstream’ media – but in reality it is a plan to force people to return to work, or out of work completely.
https://skwawkbox.org/2020/03/20/exclusive-tories-announce-worker-bail-out-package-after-huge-pressure-from-unions-and-labour/Sunak has claimed that the scheme – agreed in the first place only after huge pressure from unions – will be ‘extended’ until the end of October, but clarified on social media that the ‘small print’ of the extension involves companies paying an unspecified part of the cost:
The SKWAWKBOX understands that the company share will be up to 60%.
The end result of this change is that workers will be faced with a stark choice: return to work on a full- or part-time basis, or if employers are unable or unwilling to pay their share then jobs will be lost and people now out of work will be forced to try to survive on the woefully inadequate Universal Credit.
Sunak’s plan has no flexibility to allow for the state of the pandemic at the time of the changes, so workers are likely to face a choice between paying their bills or risking illness and death. More Tory spin to hide a foul reality.
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