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#1 homeless

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:52 PM

Police were called after about 12 protesters forced the closure of a Tesco store opposite the Houses of Parliament.

They sat down or stood by the tills at the Tesco Express branch at Portcullis House, Bridge Street, central London.

The demonstration was over a Jobcentre Plus advert which looked for permanent workers at a Suffolk store in exchange for expenses and jobseeker's allowance.

Tesco said the advert was a mistake due to an IT error and had been amended.

The Portcullis House store was closed for an hour. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said there had been no arrests.
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The advert for a night-shift worker in Suffolk appeared on the Jobseekers' Plus website.

It was offered under the government's "sector-based work academy scheme" which is linked to the payment of benefits.

But the supermarket giant said the impression it was seeking to replace full-time workers was mistaken.

Tesco has explained that the advert was "a mistake caused by an IT error by Jobcentre Plus".

It was an advert for work experience with a guaranteed job interview at the end of it as part of a government-led work experience scheme.

Placements last for six weeks, the Department of Work and Pensions said.

A spokesman for the Right to Work protesters said: "Tesco reports that over the past four months some 1,400 people have worked for them without pay.

"Only 300 got a job with the company.

"The Tory government is slashing jobs and then punishing the jobless. And to add insult to injury, they are forcing people to work for free to boost profits for big business."
'Completely absurd'

A spokesman for Tesco said: "No-one is under any obligation to take part in the scheme, and Jobcentre Plus has assured us that all of those who have come to Tesco have done so as volunteers."

He added: "We understand the concern that those who stay in the scheme longer than a week risk losing their benefits if they drop out before the end of their placement.

"We have suggested to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that, to avoid any misunderstanding about the voluntary nature of the scheme, this threat of losing benefit should be removed."

Minister for Employment Chris Grayling said: "Our work experience scheme is voluntary and thanks to companies like Tesco and many others has provided a route for literally thousands of young people to find their first job.

"The idea that providing work experience for unemployed young people is some kind of forced labour is utterly and completely absurd."

A DWP spokesman said: "The scheme is voluntary and no-one is forced to take part and the threat of losing the benefit only starts once a week has passed on the placement - this was designed to provide certainty to employers and the individuals taking part."


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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:58 PM

People are angry, there's no denying it.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 04:14 PM

People are angry, there's no denying it.


I won't be shopping in Tesco again- having done so for decades in the past. Stacking shelves is not 'work experience' in any meaningful sense- it's just exploitation of people who have no choice but to comply.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 04:29 PM

People are starting ot get fed up. Can't blame them, we've had years of socialism, with England getting farther and farther into debt. And yet here we have another socialist government pumping out 26k benefits packages to all comers, subsidising private banks, companies and investment firms with public money. Really making a mockery of the whole working ethic What's next for England?
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 04:32 PM

People are starting ot get fed up. Can't blame them, we've had years of socialism, with England getting farther and farther into debt. And yet here we have another socialist government pumping out 26k benefits packages to all comers, subsidising private banks, companies and investment firms with public money. Really making a mockery of the whole working ethic What's next for England?


I think corporatism is the issue, and it isn't working.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 04:59 PM

I think corporatism is the issue, and it isn't working.


I was used as forced labour in 1979 under the Youth Opportunities Programme (so was my girlfriend at the time who was made to brew cups of tea and wield a sweeping brush for months at a hairdresser's).

My exploitation (aka 'training') for a local builder involved doing all the dirty and heavy lifting jobs. He revelled in the fact that if I refused any request I'd become skint with immediate effect. I swore retribution and years later my desire for it was finally sated when I quite legally ensured he didn't have a business or home to call his own.

For me, being used for a private for profit business brought with it an enduring resentment and I rather think those who will be used today and in the future to fill the pockets of the corporate chums of this country's political class will feel similarly.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 06:10 PM

I'm pretty sure the powers that be could set up it`s own building company and train people the trades within the building game and also build cheap and much needed social housing,instead they turn them into slaves for tesco with the only prospect at the end of it is a interview

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 06:22 PM

I was used as forced labour in 1979 under the Youth Opportunities Programme (so was my girlfriend at the time who was made to brew cups of tea and wield a sweeping brush for months at a hairdresser's).

My exploitation (aka 'training') for a local builder involved doing all the dirty and heavy lifting jobs. He revelled in the fact that if I refused any request I'd become skint with immediate effect. I swore retribution and years later my desire for it was finally sated when I quite legally ensured he didn't have a business or home to call his own.

For me, being used for a private for profit business brought with it an enduring resentment and I rather think those who will be used today and in the future to fill the pockets of the corporate chums of this country's political class will feel similarly.


me too, did a year on a yts, just a fecking dogsbody. working in a garage learning ****** all. i lived next door to the garage and the owner got real pissed at me buying and selling cars on the road right outside his front door, well wtf did he expect im an enterprising guy i couldnt live on ****** all.




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