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Dawndonna Fri 23-Nov-12 18:18:18

worry themselves silly
For crying out loud, it's gone too far.

Darkesteyes Fri 23-Nov-12 18:19:51

Does he mean like this......

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Workfare in Shoe Zone this Christmas
Posted: November 23rd, 2012 | Author: boycottworkfare | Filed under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »
This week, Boycott Workfare has been contacted by a concerned member of staff working at high street retailer Shoe Zone. Their first hand experience, which they bravely wanted to share with us all, provides yet more evidence that workfare is replacing paid jobs. As with Argos and Superdrug, Shoezone are using ‘work experience’ from the job centre to cover the busy Christmas period instead of employing temporary staff or giving current staff the option of over-time. Here is their story:

“I work in Shoe Zone in the south east. This week our manager has held three ‘interviews’ with people sent from the job centre. They are to help us for up to 30 hours a week for 8 weeks over the Christmas period. One of them stated he would only be getting his bus fare paid by the job centre. This is to be called ‘work experience’. If there is work to do over Christmas surely we could hire staff for 8 weeks in a proper fashion? I am sickened that my manager imagines they are doing these people a favour of some sort to ‘let them experience work’. I get the feeling that head office will be very pleased with themselves too to keep a store running smoothly over Christmas without actually using any extra resources, when these work experience placements can pick up the slack.

The three people start today on this ‘work experience’ and I am terrified by the idea that head office think they don’t need to pay their staff and can run a store with people from the job centre. i myself am on part-time minimum wage and if they can have workers for free now what is to stop them making my position redundant and using job centre people to run the store at no cost to themselves? If my hours are cut next year, i shall know why.

I do not feel its right these people will be expected to do the same work as our usual staff. Even worse, i will be expected to keep an eye on them to make sure no mistakes are made when pulling stock and writing labels etc- extra work we could do without at Christmas time. They will not be authorised to use the tills or ordering system but everything else including dealing with customers, they will be expected to do. Its a disgrace. I fear for the safety of my job at the moment and in the future if this ‘work experience’ continues.”

Darkesteyes Fri 23-Nov-12 18:21:34

Started a thread about it here.

Glitterknickaz Fri 23-Nov-12 18:22:49

I have a panic attack every time I see an envelope from the DWP.
I don't live this life for fun.

wannabedomesticgoddess Fri 23-Nov-12 18:24:59

So basically the government want us all to get back to work...for £71 per week. NMW? Whats that? Someone should give Cameron a good shake.

Hydrophilic Fri 23-Nov-12 18:59:03

Oh that made me laugh, comfortable? On £70 a week? I have spent £40 A DAY to get to interviews before. The JSA didn't stretch very far at all when you take into account the necessity that is eating and all.

LineRunner Fri 23-Nov-12 19:04:03

Well you only have to look at the Maria Miller MN webchat yesterday to understand that the modern Tories are fairly aggressively antagonistic towards women who aren't dependent on men to whom they are married.

NicholasTeakozy Fri 23-Nov-12 19:16:58

Lord Fraud is a proven liar. To claim benefit claimants are living a 'lifestyle choice' is utterly wank. He spends more on lunch than people on JSA get in a week.

maddening Fri 23-Nov-12 20:10:27

I think workfare (if at all) should only be used for charities and possibly start up businesses meeting strict criteria -not for big and established businesses and should not be full time hours - possibly for the amount of nmw hours that their benefit would pay for.

or they could attend education in their chosen field instead for the same amount of hours.

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