Monday 3rd of December is International Persons with Disabilities Day[i], organised by the United Nations Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD). By decree of the Department for Work & Pensions[ii], this is the day sick and disabled people in the UK will face the possibility of forced unpaid labour (workfare) or lose their entitlement to benefits.[iii]
The virulent web of workfare spat out of successive governments’ spin-machines reaches ever-more disturbing heights that plunge human beings into an ever-more precarious existence.
As Capitalism restructures its ailing skeleton, it is sweeping up everyone who can be exploited in its path; squeezing out every last bit of labour from our already shackled torsos; and vilifying anyone who dares to access welfare, in order for welfare’s scarcely social objective to collapse.
Underneath the collapse, Capitalism is consuming the infrastructure of welfare and transforming it into private venture. Government looks on with a greedy smile as its ideology is fulfilled, along with its coffers, ears closed to our voices sinking in a poverty shed by the richest classes.
On Monday 3rd of December we should be retaliating against this no-ones government and sending a clear message that we’re not gonna’ be fucked with. That’s what International Day of Persons with Disabilities should be about, and not some drab UN convention-celebration[iv] that, along with all the other conventions on our ‘rights’, mocks us as human beings.