Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Voluntary work experience not slavery shocker - part 2

Today, the Supreme Court have ruled on the "Poundland" case:
The government has lost a Supreme Court appeal over a ruling its flagship "back to work" schemes were legally flawed.
Ministers failed in a bid to overturn an earlier ruling that regulations underpinning the schemes were invalid.
That second sentence is important because:
But the Supreme Court rejected a counter-appeal against the scheme and upheld the Court of Appeal's ruling in the government's favour that the regulations did not constitute forced or compulsory labour.
And that's the crux of the case the likes of Boycott Workfare or whatever union front were making; that workfare equals slavery. The highest court in the land says otherwise.

Part 1 here.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Spending your donations wisely

I've written about 38 Degrees before; lazy, ill-informed "clickivism" in my view, but they seem to bring in the donations. And speaking of which:
Where do donations go? 
38 Degrees keeps costs low by maintaining a small staff so the majority of donations can fund campaigns. We rely on donations from individuals to help pay for the technology, the research, the equipment and the small office we need to organise campaigns.
 So this seems rather odd:

So out of the £1,401,175 donated, £353,389 is staff costs! That's more than 25% and they've more than doubled since the previous year. And look at the average salary! There's clearly good money in activism.