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Legal "slavery" in Holland

Discussion in 'Anarchism and radical activism' started by DaggaDoll, Apr 27, 2010.

  1. DaggaDoll

    DaggaDollNew Member New Member


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    So, after having had a job as a temp, I started having trouble with getting hired on jobs. By coincidence, my mom had read something about a new bill passing called “WIJ”, this new law means that, in order to get a government benefit, you would be put to work. As opposite to have to apply for jobs to receive the government benefit. Yet, I didn’t mind having to work for the benefit, I was busy getting to the middle of life again and that meant working…

    This sounds very reasonable, doesn’t it? They didn’t tell me however, that the benefit hadn’t changed, which you’d expect because people now are actually working for it. Anyhow, I was put to work in an institution the call “DSW” this stands for Social Workplace Service. The sound of it already sends a chill down your spine, but as always my case manager managed to avoid answering the question; what DSW stands for. So, I went over to the application interview…

    During the interview I heard what DSW stands for and I knew it was going to be a horrible experience, nevertheless I carried on with the conversation and decided to try and make the best of it. For the next part, please note I am a man of moderate intelligence and in no way mentally of physically disabled or handicapped. This workshop is a place they (mostly) only hire people who have applied for any kind of government benefits. So, you can imagine it’s full of mentally and physically handicapped people, immigrants who don’t speak a word of our language and (juvenile) delinquents. So you can imagine (with all due respect) it wasn’t really a motivational workplace. The work I had to do was even worse, I spent an entire afternoon labelling bags of skittles this means from 11.00 am till 16.30 pm…

    On top of applying there, I had asked for help to choose a new education. I had done a test based on finding your own interests and linking it to an eventual choice of profession. The only interesting result the test gave, was that I must be in some way depressed. So, somewhat disappointed, I started talking with my case manager again. Now, I’ve got a 3 weeks – 9 days course to help me in choosing an education. This is nice, because I get to go away from that damn hellhole they call DSW for a few days a week.

    And, I recently found out what my benefit is going to be. It’s going to be a whopping 224,43 euro’s, this is a lot of money for me, was it not that I work 32 hours a week and the 224 euro’s are what I get per month. Looking at the minimum wage for a nineteen year old I’m missing out on about 500 euro’s per month. Looking at the amount of money I am getting per hour I find out I’m about 3 euro’s per hour under the minimum wage. So, actually… the government is willingly and knowingly drastically under paying me and thousands of other people. You’d expect that the DSW would also give you some money for the services provided… *annoying buzzer* WRONG! They don’t give… they only take. I as their “employee” produce for them, that’s their profit, right there. It’s just not their only profit… taking in cases from the government also gives a company a government benefit of a certain amount per person. This means that, not only do I work for free to them, they actually GET money for LETTING(?) me work there.

    But… it doesn’t stop here, hell no! for some reason, these people from the government think they still have some kind of exclusive right to slavery. They don’t only under-pay, they sent me over to the training. If I miss a day of training, I will stop receiving my benefit. If I don’t cooperate with the training and that gets back to them, I will stop receiving my benefit. If I accidentally spell any of my personal information, I will stop receiving my benefit. Long story short, I am being financially forced to do what they say, when they say it. The only difference with slavery is the 1,60 per hour they threaten to take from me instead of hitting me with some sort of whip. During the education-test, I wasn’t depressed in any way for as far as I knew. Now, I’m getting pretty close seeing as all of a sudden I’m going through hell in a handbasket…

    Thanks for reading, please leave a comment
     

  2. bgrass

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    Your a slave to the state wherever your go. If taxes are forced, your a slave, if your actions are compelled, your a slave, if your peaceful action is curbed through force, your a slave, if your ability to defend yourself is denied, your a slave. When force is initiated, ownership has been taken. When defense against being owned by another is outlawed, slavery is legalized.
     
  3. ungovernable

    ungovernableAutonome Staff Member Uploader Admin Team Experienced member


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    Modern slavery is legal everywhere. it's called work for a boss.
     
  4. Anom

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    These ridiculous 'jobs' they give you when you've been unempoyed too long are just as stupid here. Here after they've given up on you getting a job after something like that you might get an internship somewhere and you are obligated to find it yourself (wich is good cos you can find good ones) but it has to be somewhere where you can never get hired after your internship. Lovely new rules set by our rightwing government. Of cause you get close to nothing...
    Besides from that, yes all employment is slavery.
     
  5. drfaustxxx

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    dude that sucks

    indentured servitude is still practiced all around the world and law enforcement always turns a blind eye to it. Hell we have indentured servitude all around the "land of the free".
     
  6. nodz

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    This is the scheme that they are trying to introduce in Australia, it's called 'Work for the Dole' They went halfway there about ten years ago when they privatised all the job agencies. We essentially have no 'dole queue' anymore. You are sent to a private business that tries to find you a job, not necessarily one that you are suited too. At the moment you are not obliged to take it but they frown upon it and threaten to cut off your payments due to lack of co-operation. They are trying to go the rest of the way by reducing the payments and then saying that you are obliged to take the job or you won't be payed any more. We used to have essentially two political parties here in Australia. You have the right-wing Liberals (Conservative really - think UK's Thatcher) and left-wing militant Labor (ALP). However, over the past fifteen years Labor has tried to move towards the centre and become more 'liberal' in their views, while still trying to appease the worker. This has failed miserably and they are now probably right of centre (think UK's New Labour). Most of the Labour members of parliament would have not done a hard day's graft in their life, most of them are private schoolboy sucks, born with silver spoons in their mouths. They spend three years in parliament and retire with a pension for life of about $2 million.
     
  7. A Better World

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    That sounds like the place i work at. Its a non profit funded by the state for people with disabilites. My depression and recovering drug addiction made them consider me disabled. We get paid a piece rate for the work we do and for me it averages 6-10 dollars an hour (min wage is 7.40 gere for those who dnt live in the us) so its not that bad for me because i can do enough work to make that but they have alot of lower functioning people who end up making 2 dollars an hour. Im currently working on creating a union because what there doing is exploiting the labor of the disabled. Im not sure whos pockets are being lined but i know if i did the work i do at an independant company the starting pay is between 12 and 15 an hour so i know someones making some cash off us. I know it aint my supervisor tho cuz he makes jack shit for his position too but we gotta work up the food chain once this shit gets going and demand higher wages plus benefits. On the plus side tho because its a non profit i can take off whenever i want and its almost impossible to get fired.
     
  8. Rathryn

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    I've been unemployed myself in Holland within the last few months (since August last year, have only gotten a job about 10 weeks back) and it took me 5 months of non-stop applying to finally land this one (after taking my mohawk off too FFS, especially after they told me they wouldn't've cared either way >.<). And I wasn't even allowed to apply for welfare unless I could show them all of the applications (which totals to about 1 a week at minimum, but if you WANT to work you'll be closer to 7 <_<).
    Anyway, that's the most fucked up thing if you ask me. If you're on welfare 'cause you can't FIND a job or can't get ACCEPTED somewhere you're still fucked with shit that will actually pay LESS than your welfare 0.o
     
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