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June 18, 2011

Is it just me, or are these programmes just a way for governments to dress up public sector jobs as not jobs (thereby satisfying the screaming right wing press), and simultaneously get around that tedious minimum wage those darned lefties are so fond of?


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  1. Anonymous permalink

    Possibly. I think it’s a good idea for jobseekers to do a few hours’ voluntary work a week- it usually boosts self esteem a bit, stops you from getting stuck in a cycle of apathy and makes you look better to prospective employers.

    Having jobseekers work long hours is a very bad idea for two reasons:
    1. Working a lot of hours in a week for a mere ~£60 is ludicrously unfair.
    2. You need time to look for a proper job.

    Perhaps a scheme whereby charities (NOT government organisations and DEFINITELY NOT profitable businesses) could sign up to get some extra help and jobseekers could be assigned to help them out for a few hours a week would be a better idea?

    Mind you, the government wouldn’t go for that because there’s nothing in it for them.

  2. Anonymous permalink

    Welfare to work, workfare or whatever you want to call it is bad for everyone – not only is it a highly oppressive tactic to push the already downtrodden and demoralised into doing work that is almost certainly unsuitable for them, and probably the kind of work that won’t given them any actual benefit or lead into getting back to work.

    It also undermines those actually in work as it creates a layer of un(der) paid workers who can strip out jobs from people who are already in employment. It’s purposefully designed to ensure that labour costs are kept down, and are able to be pushed down consistently.

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