The Government is claiming that up to 100,000 unpaid jobs are set to be created over the next year in a hand out to the corporate sector worth up to a billion pounds. Astonishing some of these work experience positions will be targeted in areas which already have high numbers job vacancies making a mockery of the claim that these schemes are intended to reduce unemployment.
According to a recently updated document, produced to explain the various workfare schemes to the first victims of Universal Credit, the DWP are claiming that “An extra 100,000 work experience and sector-based work academy places have been made available between April 2015 and March 2016 for 18 to 24 year old jobseekers.”
These are the corporate workfare schemes which have already seen almost half a million young people bullied into working for the pittance of benefits often for large national employers. This huge extension of the two schemes is being carried out at a time when unemployment is allegedly falling and this shows the real motivation for the extension of unpaid work.
In 2011 lying bastard Chris Grayling, then the Minister for Employment, launched Sector Based Work Academies, saying that they would be targeted at “sectors with high volumes of current local vacancies”. You read that right. Not areas of high unemployment, but the opposite, places where there are already lots of jobs. Sector Based Work Academies can involve up to six weeks full time unpaid work and do not come with a guarantee of a job on completion. So in sectors that are doing well, and that can afford to employ staff, the Government is encouraging employers to take on workers for free instead. Workers that are funded by the tax payer and expected to survive on the pittance of benefits, just £57.90 a week for under 25s.
There has rarely been a more transparent measure to force down wages. If greedy employers were expected to live by the same free-market principles inflicted on everyone else, then when demand for workers went up, they would have to provide better training and higher wages. But the government are saying save your money, have a load of tax-payer funded free workers instead. Britain’s biggest benefit scroungers are not the poor, but high street names like ASDA and Poundland.
Unpaid work for private companies is officially voluntary, and even illegal under minimum wage laws unless organised by the DWP. But those who refuse corporate workfare face being sent on other mandatory forced work schemes for so-called community organisations.
It is unclear where these 100,000 new placements will come from, particularly as plans are being drawn up to force everyone under 21 into permanent workfare if they have been unemployed for over six months. Many of the UK’s largest companies have withdrawn from unpaid work schemes completely after their carefully crafted corporate reputations disintegrated following protests from Boycott Workfare and others appalled at this grotesque exploitation of young workers.
Those protests are set to continue, with a day of action called against B&M Stores who in 2013 were even named workfare exploiter of the year by the vile welfare-to-work industry. For more details visit (and share) Boycott Workfare’s website.
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