Everything about this is sickening. This country is politically diseased and the disease that is that is the major political parties needs to be cut out and disposed of as befits bio-hazardous waste. Where's our champion? They can't be long in appearing, surely (awaiting the inevitable picture of Nigel Farage, posted just to piss me off).A spokesperson for Boycott Workfare, a grassroots organisation that has campaigned to stop forced unpaid work schemes, said the move was disgusting. They added that they were shocked that Labour was supporting the move.
"This is almost unbelievably disgusting. They [the DWP] broke the law, now they want to retroactively change the law so that they didn't break the law
Can't say I'm surprised Labour are backing it. Little known fact about New Deal is that part of it was a mandatory placement of 13-26 weeks with a 'training provider'. You were then paid £60 a week and had to do 30 hours work a week, minimum wage in this country £6.19 an hour so you do the math. Right the way through leading up to it and actually doing the placement you were always told that this was going to be the best thing to do get you a job, it was experience and there was a good chance you'd be taken on if you did good. What actually happened was you were seen as free labour that was a lot cheaper than actually hiring someone so that was one less person in employment just to make the government's unemployment policy look a bit better and there was no chance of you getting hired as the company could just get another person in from New Deal to do the same job you did. The geology graduate that sued the government is not an exceptional case even when times were good and we were living in the house of candy and fun (built on quicksand).st_owly said: