Monday, 15 November 2010

Work for free at the Home Office

This piece of news from PCS has me absolutely spluttering with rage.

The Home Office, while preparing to make 7,000 people redundant, are advertising for volunteers in the Work Experience Programme.
Posts are for non-graduates aged between 18 and 24 who have been claiming jobseekers allowance for 13 weeks or more. The scheme’s website says 7,500 placements are available in a range of industries across the UK.

So you get rid of a bunch of employees and then give their jobs to JSA claimants to work for nothing. Absolutely disgusting.

The Work Experience Programme is designed to give people experience in the workplace so they can find a job. None of these 'volunteers' will get a job out of this. They will be back on JSA and the Home Office will start recruiting for the next set of slaves. Sorry, volunteers.

The law says that an employee is dismissed by reason of redundancy if the dismissal is attributable wholly or mainly to:-
The fact that the requirements of the business (i) for employees to carry out work of a particular kind, or (ii) for employees to carry out work of a particular kind in the place where the employee was employed by the employer have ceased or diminished or are expected to cease or diminish"

Now, I am not an expert but this seems to me to say that you can only make someone redundant if the works ceases or diminishes. If the Home Office is taking people on to do those jobs for free then clearly the work has not. So how can they justifiably make workers redundant?

And this is supposed to be a civilised democratic society?


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