Sunday, 26 February 2012

UK: After protests, retailers withdraw from workfare programme

In the UK, various retailers including Waterstone’s and Sainsbury’s have withdrawn from the ‘back-to-work’ scheme, the Guardian reports. Tesco, which has committed to 3,000 work placements, has not yet entirely withdrawn. However, it will now offer participants a choice of whether to stay on benefits and complete the placement unpaid, or accept a paid placement with a guaranteed offer of a job at the end of it if their trial goes well.
Ian Pattison of Youth Fight for Jobs told the Guardian: “Tesco's withdrawal should be a sign to other companies and the government that we want real jobs not slave labour.” He emphasized Tesco should pay participants at least the wage of existing staff and that they should be allowed to join a trade union.

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