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to think that temp jobs will be rare this Xmas now more companies are starting to use workfare again.

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Darkesteyes Thu 25-Oct-12 14:10:46

It will also badly affect the people actually employed by these companies who are on low hour contracts and having to rely on tax credits. They wont be able to get extra hours if these hours are already being filled by workfare.
A lot of the companies who abandoned workfare early this year after the bad publicity have now signed up for it again.
Just a couple of months before Christmas. So these 8 week workfare placements if started late Oct/early November will give these companies the extra help they need in the run up to Xmas without them having to pay a wage.
Then the same companies will be on tv come Jan moaning about how bad the retail sector is. Argos is going to close 75 stores. Over the past couple of Christmases they have been a user of workfare.
They and other companies cant seem to see that people not paid a wage or paid a very low wage cant/wont spend.
Capitalism eating itself.

The reality of workfare in the workplace.........

Darkesteyes Thu 25-Oct-12 14:24:01

This week the ONS confirmed that people on workfare are NOT counted as unemployed.

caramelwaffle Thu 25-Oct-12 14:27:34


MrsKeithRichards Thu 25-Oct-12 14:27:57

The whole scheme stinks.

Tiredmumno1 Thu 25-Oct-12 14:28:49

What MrsKeith said ^^


maybenow Thu 25-Oct-12 14:33:37

these massive high street retailers could easily afford to pay all their xmas temp staff out of the bonuses of their top directors.

then they complain that all of us aren't out 'on the high street' driving the economy! - well, that'll be because we haven't got any money, some of us have no jobs, and minimum wage isn't enough to live on in most parts of the uk without govt top-ups.

domesticgodless Thu 25-Oct-12 14:38:54

Workfare is punishment. Full stop.

And it is of course economic idiocy too. Aside from lowering wages for everyone and thus as pointed out above decreasing demand, it creates no skills and actually wastes the time of people who could be applying for other better jobs, educating themselves or working in volunteer positions.

Have you all heard that in 2013 workfare will be compulsory for under 25s? With no possibility of time to actually jobseek?

What a future we created for our young people, eh.

Darkesteyes Thu 25-Oct-12 21:08:37

And the workfare for the under 25s will only be for their Jobseekers.
Housing Benefit is being abolished for the under 25s so they wont be getting that any more.
So the usual suspects wont be able to say that they are working for their HB as well because they wont be getting it!
And for ill or disabled people on ESA and in the WRAG its indefinate workfare.

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 25-Oct-12 21:26:52

How are they not counting them as unemployed? If they are employed they should bloody well be earning NMW at least. It's fucking workhouses, but without the house for the under-25s.

ssd Thu 25-Oct-12 22:01:26

totally shite from start to finish

Lilylightfoot Sat 27-Oct-12 00:26:55

If you want to teach young people that work pays, then you should do just that 'pay them'. Not put them on fucking workfare.

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