Mandatort Work Activity /The UN Global Compact's ten principles

Mr Taylor made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

I am making this request following your unhelpful attitude to a previos request I made:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/fo...

The UN Global Compact's ten principles
http://www.unglobalcompact.org/AboutTheG...

in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and
anti-corruption enjoy universal consensus and are derived from:

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The International Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental
Principles and Rights at Work
The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
The United Nations Convention Against Corruption

Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory
labour States:
http://www.unglobalcompact.org/AboutTheG...

What does Forced and Compulsory Labour mean?

Forced or compulsory labour is any work or service that is exacted
from any person under the menace of any penalty, and for which that
person has not offered himself or herself voluntarily. Providing
wages or other compensation to a worker does not necessarily
indicate that the labour is not forced or compulsory. By right,
labour should be freely given and employees should be free to leave
in accordance with established rules.

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The DWP force claimants to work for companies taking part in their Mandatory Work Activity Scheme, under threat of destitution from the penalty of withdrawing benefits if they fail to comply. I would like to request the DWP policy and any guidance etc which justifies encouraging the companies taking part in this scheme, and all other companies which take part in the governments compulsory labour schemes, to ignore the UN Global Compact's ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.

Also would you please supply a statement of whether the DWP and the government adhere to the UN Global Compact's ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.

Please bear in mind that however pedantic the DWP attempt to be in avoiding their responsibilities to provide public information I am in no hurry whatsoever. I will pursue my attempt's to gain access to public information despite the attempts to hinder that access which you are confident to publish on this website.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Taylor

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Dear Mr Taylor,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request of 28/9. You asked:

I am making this request following your unhelpful attitude to a
previos request I made:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/fo...
utgoing-148733

The UN Global Compact's ten principles
http://www.unglobalcompact.org/AboutTheG...

in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and
anti-corruption enjoy universal consensus and are derived from:

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The International Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental
Principles and Rights at Work
The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
The United Nations Convention Against Corruption

Principle 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory
labour States:
http://www.unglobalcompact.org/AboutTheG...

What does Forced and Compulsory Labour mean?

Forced or compulsory labour is any work or service that is exacted
from any person under the menace of any penalty, and for which that
person has not offered himself or herself voluntarily. Providing
wages or other compensation to a worker does not necessarily
indicate that the labour is not forced or compulsory. By right,
labour should be freely given and employees should be free to leave
in accordance with established rules.

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Mr Taylor left an annotation ()

The DWP refuse to comment on the legality of the UK's forced labour schemes but there is plenty of information out there which they are unable to suppress

‘It’s exploitation and it’s repellent’: Retailers, councils and charities blatantly exploiting people on ‘workfare’
http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/2011/10...

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Work and Pensions's handling of my FOI request 'Mandatort Work Activity /The UN Global Compact's ten principles'.

I am dissatisfied with your response to my request, please supply the information requested ASAP.

In addition your communication states:

"Any views expressed by the sender of this message are not necessarily those of the Department for Work and Pensions."

I have made a lawful request for information to the DWP and I require a response from the DWP containing the views of the DWP as I am entitled to by law.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
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Yours faithfully,

Mr Taylor

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Dear Mr Taylor

Please see attached response to your FoI request.

Kind regards

DWP Central FoI Team

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Dear DWP Adelphi Freedom-of-Information-Request,

This response also contains the statement"Any views expressed by the sender of this message are not necessarily those of the Department for Work and Pensions."

You state that this text is part of a standard automatic addition to all outgoing email messages from the Department for Work and Pensions. That the DWP is happy to attach a false statement to all outgoing messages, be they official responses to FOI request or otherwise, is not a reason to continue making these false statements, no more does it in any way justify the practice.

I would like a credible statement of why you are attempting to mislead me and a statement of whether your latest response to this lawful request is the view of the DWP or merely the personal view of the member of staff who has condescended to reply, as the text implies.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Taylor

DWP Adelphi Freedom-of-Information-Request, Department for Work and Pensions

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been received at the DWP Central FoI Team.

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Department who will respond to you direct. 

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do please contact us.

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DWP Adelphi Freedom-of-Information-Request, Department for Work and Pensions

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Dear Mr Taylor

Please see attached response to your FoI request.

Kind regards

DWP Central FoI Team

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