uk gov\t under fire over \slave labour\ job scheme
Last Updated : GMT 18:08:33
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

UK gov\'t under fire over \'slave labour\' job scheme

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today UK gov\'t under fire over \'slave labour\' job scheme

London - AFP

Britain\'s government was accused this week of introducing \"slave labour\" through a scheme that can see unemployed youngsters lose their benefits if they quit a work experience placement. The ten-month-old voluntary programme, part of Prime Minister David Cameron\'s welfare reforms, is intended to help the record number of jobless youths improve their CVs and find work in a difficult economic climate. But opponents say people who quit halfway through their placements are docked two weeks unemployment benefits as punishment -- and that the scheme allows major corporations to exploit a large pool of free labour. The resulting furore has seen a number of big-name backers distance themselves from the scheme, including Tesco, the world\'s third-largest retailer, which was targeted by protests last weekend. Campaigners say the 34,200 youths who have taken part in the scheme so far have provided unpaid labour worth £67.5 million ($107 million, 80 million euros) to companies that also include fast food giant McDonalds. \"If there are people who feel they\'re coerced to work for nothing, \'slave labour\' isn\'t a bad description of it,\" Michael Bradley of the Right to Work campaign told AFP. \"If they aren\'t benefiting from doing these placements, and aren\'t getting jobs at the end of it, that\'s coercion.\" Right to Work say many jobseekers fail to pick up new skills during placements that can last as long as two months, and instead spend up to 30 hours a week doing menial work for huge retailers. \"It\'s a demoralising experience for people to stack shelves, not get paid for it, and then know there\'s probably not a job coming out of it,\" Bradley said. But employment minister Chris Grayling said critics were \"job snobs\" for sneering at careers in retail, which employs three million Britons according to the business ministry. \"There seems to be a view that a career in a supermarket is a bad thing,\" Grayling told BBC radio on Friday, adding that workers could rise from the shopfloor to management if they worked hard. Protesters forced a London branch of Tesco to close last Saturday after the retailer posted an advert offering a permanent job in exchange for the weekly state-provided unemployment benefit of £53.45 ($85, 63 euros), plus expenses. Tesco, the third-largest retail group in the world after US-based Wal-Mart and France\'s Carrefour, blamed a computer error for the advert, which it said had been \"misunderstood\". It has since offered to pay jobseekers for four-week placements, guaranteed permanent positions for all \"successful\" participants, and urged the coalition government not to penalise youths who quit their placements. But the government, under increasing pressure to tackle what Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has called the \"ticking time bomb\" of youth unemployment, has defended its programme. Ministers stress that the placements are voluntary and say they have helped find jobs for many of Britain\'s 1.04 million unemployed 16 to 24 year olds. More than half of participants come off benefits within 13 weeks, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said, and just 210 participants have lost their benefits as a result of quitting a placement. \"It remains a very popular scheme,\" a DWP spokesman told AFP. It is right to encourage young jobseekers to stick with the placements by penalising them for quitting, he added. \"It gives young people the mindset of: \'You have to go to work\',\" he said.  

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

uk gov\t under fire over \slave labour\ job scheme uk gov\t under fire over \slave labour\ job scheme

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

uk gov\t under fire over \slave labour\ job scheme uk gov\t under fire over \slave labour\ job scheme

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Jordanian woman reveals her project

GMT 00:46 2017 Saturday ,11 November

Jordanian woman reveals her project
Arab Today, arab today Air China suspends flights to North Korea

GMT 10:39 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Air China suspends flights to North Korea
Arab Today, arab today Sophian Yussef reveals suitable decoration

GMT 02:56 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Sophian Yussef reveals suitable decoration
Arab Today, arab today Syria opposition meets in Riyadh

GMT 06:23 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Syria opposition meets in Riyadh
Arab Today, arab today Jordanian journalist happy of her career

GMT 17:37 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Jordanian journalist happy of her career
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Australian academic's book pulled

GMT 15:20 2017 Monday ,13 November

Australian academic's book pulled
Arab Today, arab today Srebrenica women cry tears of joy

GMT 08:03 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Srebrenica women cry tears of joy
Arab Today, arab today Delhi half-marathon to go ahead

GMT 03:51 2017 Saturday ,18 November

Delhi half-marathon to go ahead
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today 'Robo-taxis' hold promise, and perils

GMT 08:07 2017 Thursday ,23 November

'Robo-taxis' hold promise, and perils
Arab Today, arab today Honda recalls 800,000 minivans

GMT 11:43 2017 Wednesday ,22 November

Honda recalls 800,000 minivans
Arab Today, arab today Abeer Sabry reveals reason of “The Flood” success

GMT 08:03 2017 Tuesday ,21 November

Abeer Sabry reveals reason of “The Flood” success
Arab Today, arab today paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 16:04 2017 Friday ,17 November

paObama climate envoy slams Trump's rejection

GMT 07:56 2017 Monday ,20 November

Singer Jahda Wahba has unlimited ambitions

GMT 02:14 2017 Saturday ,18 November

May under Brexit pressure at EU reform summit

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 11:38 2017 Wednesday ,15 November

Unloved vultures fight for their survival

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 10:43 2017 Wednesday ,22 November

Cigar-shaped asteroid came

GMT 09:45 2017 Tuesday ,21 November

Visit Jamaica for more than just sun

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday