UK's slave labour policies rebuked by major companies

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PostMon Feb 20, 2012 2:11 pm » by Phoenix rising


Slave labour gets the thumbs down by major companies distancing themselves from the governments implemented slave labour policies, I truly think these companies knew at heart that should they support these absurd policies then it would have catastrophic consequences for there companies and their brand, how dare these motherfucking toffs show disdain for slave labour abroad yet want to implement it over here, You dirty Hypercritical arrogant self conceited morons!!!!

A scheme under which jobseekers can lose benefits if they do not complete up to 30 hours a week of unpaid "work experience" is in disarray after companies and charities abandoned it in the wake of public anger.

The clothing retailer Matalan suspended its involvement in the Government project pending an internal inquiry after claims that the scheme was exploitative. Tesco delivered an ultimatum to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) demanding that ministers guarantee no one would lose their benefits, while both Oxfam and Shelter added their names to the list of organisations which have left it altogether.

The discount shop 99p Stores said it had also signed up to the scheme but was withdrawing because of the negative publicity, having not yet taken on a single worker through it. Waterstones, Sainsbury's and TK Maxx have also expressed their opposition.

The scheme attracted renewed criticism this week after a Tesco advert offered full-time hours for no pay. Instead, workers would receive only their Jobseeker's Allowance and some expenses, the advert said.

The figurehead for the backlash is Cait Reilly, a geology graduate from Birmingham, who was told she would lose her allowance if she refused to stack shelves at Poundland for no pay. Ms Reilly has since applied to bring a judicial review of the workfare scheme.

Other participants say they have been left in no doubt they would have their benefits cut if they refused a place on the scheme, in contradiction of DWP rules. One said he was placed in a company working alongside people on community service. "I spent eight hours a day, four days a week working for no money," said one participant, who asked not to be named. "I do not object on principle, it is not an issue doing a day's work but all the studies show it does not decrease unemployment. It makes a handful of Tory MPs happy and gives free labour to a lot of very rich firms."

Tesco, which has had 300 participants, said it had urged the DWP to soften the scheme's more punitive aspects. A spokesman said: "We understand the concern that those who stay in the scheme longer than a week risk losing their benefits if they drop out before the end of their placement. We have suggested to the DWP that, to avoid any misunderstanding about the voluntary nature, this threat of losing benefit should be removed."

The Commons work and pensions select committee is to examine the programme. Its chairman, the Labour MP Dame Anne Begg, said: "There is a huge risk that people on these schemes ... do not get into full-time work."

The Minister for Employment, Chris Grayling said: "Our Work Experience scheme is voluntary and thanks to companies like Tesco and many others has provided a route for literally thousands of young people to find their first job.The idea that providing Work Experience for unemployed young people is some kind of forced labour is utterly and completely absurd."

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Cait Reilly, 22, claims she was told by a Jobcentre Plus representative that participation on the work academy scheme was mandatory and her benefits depended on it.

She found that the project, which is actually voluntary, lasted four to six weeks and included a period of training as well as a stint of unpaid work experience, which involved working for 30 hours for as little as £50.45 in jobseeker's allowance. It is supposed to be followed by a guaranteed job interview. She claims the latter never materialised.

Participants like her are referred from a Jobcentre Plus to an agency which is responsible for finding them placements. Some say they were told they would be required to repeat a week's work – still unpaid – if they missed a single hour.

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PostMon Feb 20, 2012 2:31 pm » by Endless16



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More information on the advert, and others like it. Thanks for posting about this, it doesn't get enough publicity.

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PostMon Feb 20, 2012 2:39 pm » by Noentry


Great news.
When I hears about this unpaid work, I knew it would not last long.
This government has bailed out the banks and shafted the British people.
It was only a matter of time before this would happen.
They want you to do more for less. f*ck em and their slave labor policy's.

I believe it would be a good idea to give the unemployed the choice to work for a little extra money,
but this new policy is taking the piss.

There should be a minimum payment to stop poverty.
The government should give people the opportunity to gain work experience but should pay them a little more to do this.

Nobody works for free, and to ask them is to elicit this negative response.
Give them an incentive,
Make it so the unemployed are being rewarded for the extra work.
And I think this would be more likely to succeed .
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PostMon Feb 20, 2012 2:48 pm » by Endless16


Also I'm pretty sure that this government policy is in breach of the Abolition of Forced Labour Convention of 1957 under article 1 (b) (c) & (e), seeing as how this is a form of 'discipline' due to the fact that a person has to be unemployed for at least 6 months to be eligible for it, & is a scheme designed to use forced labour in order to prevent a loss of benefit. A loss of benefit can affect a lot of things, once you lose JSA (sanctioned), all over entitlements are automatically cancelled and must be re-applied for, asin Housing Allowance, Council Tax Benefit etc, not completing this mandatory "Work Program" (30 hours work p/w for around £50) could very well leave people homeless, and also in debt to the government, which leads to fines and prison sentences surprisingly quickly. :bang;

For example I have just moved out of a council property recently into private, the council lost my paperwork, said it was my fault, and threatened court action over £72 I owed them, despite the woman at the desk when I went to question it telling me she "doubted they would over such a small amount"... the whole process had only taken 2 weeks and already they were attempting to take me to court over £72!... I brought in proof that I had done the proper paperwork, and now it turns out they owe me money, but still, it could have ended badly.

I've been calling the "Work Program" scheme Community Service, because that is what it reminds me of, treating the reserve workforce like criminals. :hell:
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PostMon Feb 20, 2012 2:55 pm » by Perronick


The companies taking advantage of this Gov backed scam are candidates to be burned to the ground in the next riots. They might be greedy, but they're not stupid ...und es ist gut so.

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PostMon Feb 20, 2012 3:13 pm » by Phoenix rising


endless16 wrote:Also I'm pretty sure that this government policy is in breach of the Abolition of Forced Labour Convention of 1957 under article 1 (b) (c) & (e), seeing as how this is a form of 'discipline' due to the fact that a person has to be unemployed for at least 6 months to be eligible for it, & is a scheme designed to use forced labour in order to prevent a loss of benefit. A loss of benefit can affect a lot of things, once you lose JSA (sanctioned), all over entitlements are automatically cancelled and must be re-applied for, asin Housing Allowance, Council Tax Benefit etc, not completing this mandatory "Work Program" (30 hours work p/w for around £50) could very well leave people homeless, and also in debt to the government, which leads to fines and prison sentences surprisingly quickly. :bang;

For example I have just moved out of a council property recently into private, the council lost my paperwork, said it was my fault, and threatened court action over £72 I owed them, despite the woman at the desk when I went to question it telling me she "doubted they would over such a small amount"... the whole process had only taken 2 weeks and already they were attempting to take me to court over £72!... I brought in proof that I had done the proper paperwork, and now it turns out they owe me money, but still, it could have ended badly.

I've been calling the "Work Program" scheme Community Service, because that is what it reminds me of, treating the reserve workforce like criminals. :hell:


Very soon if these policies are implemented on a large scale then poverty and crime will go through the roof, I worked as a plasterer for 15 solid, paid £100 tax a week and through no fault of my own when the building industry collapses I decide to get of my arse and get a new career so I go to college at the ripe old age of 43, so I can gain the relevant qualifications for that career, the Persecution I get from the job centers for going into the education system is unbelievable and massively stressful. most of the staff are condescending bastards who lack empathy and sit job-smart in judgement, I am supposed to take a job sweeping popcorn from the cinema floor for the rest of my life with no mental stimulation, there is not even protection for one going into the education system in this country and should you try then you are persecuted till they drain the lifeblood out of you, most of the jobs they put on sites and the machines are ghost jobs that don't exist, to make it look like there are jobs, this is how it is for me, 200 job applications 2 replies, what does that say?

for me life is an existence the way it is not a life, it used to be that I had a health fear of death but now have a health fear of life, rant over haha.
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PostMon Feb 20, 2012 3:16 pm » by Phoenix rising


perronick wrote:The companies taking advantage of this Gov backed scam are candidates to be burned to the ground in the next riots. They might be greedy, but they're not stupid ...und es ist gut so.


Exactly bud :cheers: :hugging:

If I were Tesco's I would be very worried for they seem to be only to happy to implement these policies
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PostMon Feb 20, 2012 3:34 pm » by Alexrubic


This is binging back slavery by the back door.

We are supposed to have a national minimum wage (NMW) here in the UK of £5.93 an hour.

No adult is supposed to work for less than that and any employer offering work at less than that rate is breaking the law.

Yet the unemployed can be forced to work 30 hours per week for their basic Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA) of a little over £65 per week. This works out to an hourly rate of £2.17 per hour - well under the NMW and even less than sixteen year-olds are legally supposed to earn in their first jobs.

Now, in principle, I have no argument with work placement that is meant to give both on-the-job training and experience as an aid back into full-time work but it should be PRO RATA with the NMW. So, someone on basic JSA would work about 11 hours per week.

However, the government get around this by changing the title of the benefit to 'training allowance' while on one of these placements. Unfortunately, proper on-the-job training is sadly lacking on many of these 'placements' and you end up just being treated like a 'low-paid lackey' and doing meanial tasks!

Any employer signing up to this scheme, as is, and not providing proper training is just exploiting the unemployed as cheap labour. It is very unlikely any of these placements would lead to properly paid, full-time jobs because what employer, desperate to reduce costs and increase profits, is going to offer full-time paid jobs when there is a ready supply of unemployed people forced to work for them for next to nothing?

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PostMon Feb 20, 2012 8:46 pm » by Dagnamski


The people should be paid dammit.
In a proper civilisation, the time which the government gives to find a job by paying the unemployed, should be used trying to find a job. Tories are cunts. I mean, why not get some of these people in to the house of commons, and level the playing field.
They would do better than most of the twats running the country!

"The scheme attracted renewed criticism this week after a Tesco advert offered full-time hours for no pay. Instead, workers would receive only their Jobseeker's Allowance and some expenses, the advert said."

Working in Britian is shite.

I don't any more. It's all based on :pray: abuse.
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PostMon Feb 20, 2012 8:50 pm » by Tuor10


I knew this would happen.

The Tory party are a disgusting and utterly feckless political party. Its ethos and morality are geared only towards the upper classes.

Some of their recent comments regarding the working class's has ensured that they will never again govern after they are kicked out of office in the not to distant future.

I hated New Labour, but I would have that smug cunt Blair back in an instant.


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