16 Aug 2011

Unemployed? Fancy work experience at Tesco?

I just read an article in Corporate Watch saying that unemployed people are being sent to work without pay in multinational corporations, including Tesco, Asda, Primark and Hilton Hotels. Jobcentres and companies administering the government's welfare reforms are setting up the placements with some people working for up to six months while receiving unemployment benefit of £67.50 a week or less!

Tesco have 3,000 'work placements' - these are not volunteers but mandatory work placements - campaigners argue this arrangement provides companies with free labour, undercut existing jobs and that people are “bullied” into them. See interview here with someone who 'worked' at Primark. What a world we live in.

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