To think people on JSA should be not be able to refuse a job because they don't like the uniform?
TabithaStephens · 21/06/2013 18:42
Long term unemployed man turns down job because of baker's hat.
Will he be sanctioned for this? Seems crazy to me. I know some will point out that it's not representative of the majority of unemployed people etc but it is still a very disturbing story.
aldiwhore · 21/06/2013 18:52
Just because you have a hard time finding work doesn't mean you should be expected to look like a twat.
Although I agree in some part that 'beggars can't be choosers' and that when seeking employment I applied to all sorts of places that made me shudder because I wanted a job.
Sometimes, it's okay to say "Actually I am worth more".
If my MD won't wear a silly uniform that makes me look a fool, then neither will I. This is something that management should always bear in mind.
I'm a bit torn.
But mostly, even if this example is one I think "FFS" to, I do not care. I care much more about respecting low paid workers, making them feel valued, and not stripping them of their pride... but hey, what choice do they have but to suck it up and expect to be made fools of?
aldiwhore · 21/06/2013 18:56
Agreed. There is a problem that desperation seems to make it okay to be demeaned.
This is my issue.
I would have done ANYTHING for work when I was desperate, my problem is that just because a job is low skilled and low paid doesn't mean that a person should be expected to sacrifice self esteem. Perhaps that's a different argument.
livinginwonderland · 21/06/2013 19:04
Since when does wearing a hat for work mean you're being demeaned? ALL jobs that involve serving/cooking/packaging/preparing food require a hat. I think it's ridiculous that people on JSA can turn down jobs for that reason. If they refuse (without good reason - disabilities, for example) they should get their JSA docked.
Remotecontrolduck · 21/06/2013 19:10
What was the point in this article?
Just because he's on JSA doesn't mean he should be forced to take a job he doesn't want, for whatever reason. He knows full well the consequences (money taken away), he's decided he'd rather that, than have the job.
JSA isn't exactly enough to live a life of luxury.
LunaticFringe · 21/06/2013 19:15
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iliketea · 21/06/2013 19:19
YABU - in your thread title at least. You can't "force" people to do a job.
On the other hand, what did expect applying for a job in a bakery? There are rule about food hygiene, and as for calling people "Sir" or "madam" - what did he expect to call them? Surely that's pretty standard in any retail job unless you expect customers to wear name badges as they enter so you know what to call them.
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