Comment is free Being volunteered to work for nothing: a new recipe for the likes of them | John Harris

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Comment is free Being volunteered to work for nothing: a new recipe for the likes of them | John Harris

John Harris has been looking at workfare schemes in the UK, -same as 'internships' here – where those on jobseeker's allowance of £67.50 a week are required to do "30 weekly hours of faux-employment spread over 28 days, during which people have to do work "of benefit to the community". The community includes places like Tescos…
"When I contacted them, Tesco acknowledged it is co-operating with jobcentres to provide 3,000 four-week placements this year, and Poundland rather brazenly said that taking on unpaid benefit claimants "doesn't replace our recruitment activity but adds to the number of colleagues we have working with us". Neither of them, nor the equally placement-friendly Asda, answered a question about what "work experience" actually involves, though the clue is perhaps in the title. Work?"

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  1. Robert

    August 25, 2011 12:54 pm

    Ahh for F87k sake…the brass neck of these corporations and governments who allow them to get away with this kinda stuff…thats why Jacki Smith former Home Office Minister in the UK (her of pay-per-view porn fame)think that there is nothing wrong with getting prisoners to paint her house.
    Its not a big jump from this to chain-gangs and human organ harvesting…
    And they wonder why there is tension…? Maybe it is because we live in the land of Poundstores and mediocrity…anyway we have too much stuff…stop buying 20 paintbrushes for a pound…clean the one you have…stop tacky ornaments for a pound…the cats only gona knock it over and it will go in the bin with the rest of the rubbish…

    Cheers