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The UK unfortunately has the worst record of social mobility in the whole of Europe and evidence seems to indicate that those in charge do not wish for change to come either.

During last year’s conference on the topic, several relevant issues were explored by a panel of experts and many seemed to argue that education and training could constitute a paramount tool to improve social mobility prospects for any individual.

SOCIAL MOBILITY

The general consensus was that the current generation in the UK is facing less life prospects and is much worse off than the generation that came after WWll !!!

Some called openly for internships to be scrapped completely as it only fast tracks the offspring of the wealthy. Nobody else can afford to work for free in one of the most expensive cities in the world with no financial income…

Vector illustration. Social problems of humanity. Stop exploitation.

Others suggested investing in volunteering and work placements. Personally I find this is rather disturbing if you realize such “opportunities” work for some but not for others.

It has long been established that for example, work placements exploit the vulnerabilities of migrant and BME labour force, who frequently find themselves a lot worse off at the end of it.

Social network concept

Volunteering in the meanwhile was heralded as a gateway to learn new skills and knowledge in order to progress to a new job and better life prospects.

That is when suddenly someone decided to speak out denouncing the rogue cheap labour practice commonly widespread.

Others emphasized the need to bring back the good old technical institutions in order to provide useful practical skills that lead to professional roles for those who are not that academically gifted.

 

Like the famous Waitrose Xmas ad there are many people who journeyed high and low to reach home safe and sound just in time for Xmas.

Robin in the Snow

Some have indeed rejoined happy functional families while others feel so miserable at the prospect of seeing those familiar faces that they countdown for things to be over with great delight. The level of stress, tension and bickering and feuds involved in family reunions is simply not worth it.

In the UK, shortly after Xmas, a huge deluge in divorce proceedings takes place regularly and many people also decide to quit their jobs just to re-freshen their lives.

Others however are alone for Xmas because of old age, illness, disability or homelessness. In such cases, thankfully the charities take over in order to provide a relief for their needs.

However the fact remains that, in general London is a lonely place all year long. So much so that, in fact being lonely has become a chosen lifestyle form for many.

Alone in a Crowd

Usually all year long there are so many things happening in one single day all over town that it almost overwhelms you.

This leads me to the following question: is one supposed to stay at home and miss all the fun because of the lack of good company or a formal invitation?…Of course not!!! You just get up and go!! That is part of the British bulldog spirit!

There are also people in vulnerable situations who gather in community centres and celebrate the festivities together.

Sadly some migrants however are basically driven to spend Xmas alone.

Christmas Lady Lying With Puppy Stock Photo

Let me expand: on one side they are expected in their home nations by financially struggling families that only crave the money they bring back and a luggage full of goodies bought at someone else’s expense.

On the other side, the migrants face constant hostility, rejection, abuse, degradation and exploitation at the hands of the general population (specially employers) in the host country that chose to move into.

Lucky are those who arrived in the UK having a strong family structure and a good social support network. For others however, Xmas and New Year are the worst time of the year for it can cause an excruciating and agonizing period of extreme loneliness that they are simply lead to accept.

Do spare a minute of silence for all those less fortunate than yourself.