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"Every Little"... Helps? Whilst some companies have taken
on unemployed workers for weeks without pay as part of the
government's Work Experience scheme.
Cait Reilly, a 22-year old Geology graduate of Birmingham University, brought a case against the Department of Work & Pensions, saying she was "made to work in her local Poundland Store branch for 3 weeks without pay". "Cait said that she did... not need work experience in the store, as she had already worked in retail and had gained plenty of experience previously".
Guardian Newspaper said that "Young People have reported that they are working up to 30 hours a week of unpaid labour and have to be available from 9am to 10pm. In three such cases jobseekers also claim they were not told about the week's cooling-off period, and that once they showed a willingness to take part in the scheme they were told by their case manager they would be stripped of their £53- a-week jobseekers allowance (JSA) if they backed out".
High street book store Waterstones has pulled out of the government scheme that employed employed unpaid jobseekers in its stores after a Guardian investigation uncovered the practice in one of its outlets.
Why not... "work for free" whilst unemployed? Or is it "government money well spent", paying for the young unemployed to stay at home? Some waiting for "The Job of a Lifetime" or keeping others in a "Lifetime of Dependency".
Or are young people more "Life Savvy" or "Job Snobs"? Where's your voice? Have your say!