The welfare-to-work industry are holding their annual workfare awards tomorrow (June 2nd) with a glitzy tax-payer funded ceremony attended by Minister for Unemployment Esther McVey.
The corporate back-slapping knees up will see companies like A4e and G4S handing out awards to themselves in celebration of another lucrative year for the UK’s biggest benefit scammers.
Companies such as Marks & Spencer, who last year boasted that 2% of their workforce doesn’t get paid, are also up for awards, along with surprise nomination Greggs.
Greggs are quite happy to employ unpaid workers on their own work experience scheme, but claim not to be involved in workfare which they compare to slavery. This is unlikely to go down well with the judges at tomorrow’s event.
The event is organised by ERSA, the trade body established to lie on behalf of the welfare-to-work sector. They are keen for people to give their thoughts on the event using the hashtag #ersaawards2014 Please spread the word and tell the bastards what you think.
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