Wow, This W.F.T.Dole scheme is nothing more than a money grab by the people taking on the unemployed. At $3,000 for every person- it is a complete disgrace + a complete waste of tax payers $. Every one I know who is doing this W.F.T.Dole is taught nothing, is ignored and stands around with nothing to do, they are crammed in like cattle and are bored out of there brains. SHUT THIS SHIT DOWN ASAP! Even the job agencies are aware that this scheme is not working, will not work and has not worked, it's also hard when our government fudges the unemployment figures. All of the people doing W.F.T.Dole or those lame courses they offer are counted toward being 'employed'- Our pollies also threaten these community centers with not getting any funding if they do not comply with government bullying tactics- the entire system is broken- smashed if you will!
This whole work for the dole thing started just because John Howard saw a report on 60 minutes about work for the dole scheme in an American state. Is there any objective evidence this scheme achieves its stated goals? Have any audits, surveys, or interviews with unemployed workers or employers ever been carried to determine how effectively the WFTD is achieving the stated aims of the scheme? I for one strongly doubt it
work for the Dole must be shut down as soon as possible because its like a Nazi camp,they expect you to work like slaves.
WFtD is an absolute waste of time. I've done it 3 times now and it has been nothing short of slave labor. The sites are in poor condition, the "supervisors" are not competent, the facilities are atrociously dirty, and there is NOTHING to do for the mandated hours per week that I've been assigned to attend. Nothing good or helpful to my search for work has come from doing this forced slave labor. Abolish it and get with the times!
The thing to do is lodge a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Heath Enforcement organisation in your state which is an arm of the government. Some states accept anonymous calls others require the name of the caller. All calls are logged and allocated to an inspector. The important thing is that when they attend sites, make sure they are shown and given specific examples of what is wrong. Develop the mind set that "This site is unsafe because ......." don't just make generalised accusations which in realty can be seen as a mere opinion. Take the inspector on a tour of the site and point out what is wrong and why its unsafe. Make notes of the inspectors name, the date and time of the visit, what issues where raised with the inspector, what actions the inspector took at the time etc. Take photos of everything you think is wrong at the site. Most importantly tell the host employer or whoever they are of these issues. Give it to them in writing and request they address the issues. THESE PEOPLE WANT TO BE IN A POSITION WHERE THEY CAN SAY "WE DO NOT KNOW, NONE TOLD US SO TAKE THIS AWAY FROM THEM AND MAKE them know. Some obligations of the 'employer' if that is the right word, are: to identify what are the risks in the work or activities you have to do and then list them and assess the degree of risk in the hazard and develop suitable controls. have risk assessments been done on the site, the scope of work to be done and activities which form the work to be done.? what training (induction) and knowledge and skill training has been provided by the job services provider to WFTD participants who are required to do the work? How has the Job Services Providers (JSPs) developed safety procedures that are of sufficient detail that when followed, will enable to the WFTD participants to work safety? Have the JSPS or the HOST provided personal protective equipment that is clean, not previously used by someone else to enable the WFTD to work safely? Has the JSPs provided this training to the WFTD people? Similar questions apply to the host 'employer" or whatever they are called. These are the most common questions that a worksafe inspector should ask but they are also what WFTD people need to tell the Inspector and the host organisation don't let them off the hook either. hope this helps
2 out of the past 3 WFTD sites I've worked at have tried to force me to do heavy lifting. I told both of them I cannot be forced to do heavy lifting under Australian law. They tried to pressure me and intimidate me, and one of the sites said ''go home and lose your dole, we don't give a sh*t'' and referred to me as ''an idiot who sits there and does nothing'' . I tried to take the initiative when I worked at those sites and look for things to do that don't involve heavy lifting, but I was told ''these jobs are for girls'' or repeatedly get called into a garage or into the back of the store to do more heavy lifting. And yes, I did report these things to Max Employment, and my case manager reported these incidents, but she got in trouble for pulling me out of the WFTD activity I was doing at the time. I've recently started doing WFTD Salvo's Ingleburn, and I showed them my risk assessment which states I cannot do heavy lifting, but they continuously try to pressure me to do heavy lifting, by stating a box full of heavy books is ''not heavy lifting'' (even though the law states I can decide what weightload I feel comfortable lifting), so I reported this to Max Employment, and after Easter Break I'll see what happens. Many people on WFTD are living day to day, and are scared to fight back against bully supervisors , because if their dole is cut off, they cannot pay rent. My co-worker said he needs the money to pay rent, and he said his back hurts from lifting furniture all day, but he is worried he will lose his dole. Another guy has an autistic son at home to take care of, and he's worried about losing his dole. WFTD exploits and intimidates vulnerable people.
WORK FOR THE DOLE IS CIVIL CONSCRIPTION AND IN BREACH OF THE AUSTRALIAN CONSTITUTION. (In Australia welfare payments come under Section 51 of the Australian Constitution –Legislative powers of the Parliament which says. “The Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws for the peace, order, and good government of the Commonwealth with respect to:- (xxiii.) Invalid and old-age pensions: (xxiiiA.) The provision of maternity allowances, widows’ pensions, child endowment, unemployment, pharmaceutical, sickness and hospital benefits, medical and dental services BUT NOT SO AS TO AUTHORISE ANY FORM OF CIVIL CONSCRIPTION, ie, Work for the dole), benefits to students and family allowances.)