Young people being forced into “work experience” placements that turn out to be “cheap labour”

This shocking article in the Guardian points out that, under the guise of “work experience”, job-seekers are being forced to work for a number of large retail chains for no more than their standard Job Seekers’ Allowance payment (which is just £53.45 per week for those aged 18-24).

It looks like this “work experience” doesn’t teach them any new skills, it just makes them do the same work that permanent staff do – creating a situation where the unemployed are being pushed into a position where they are undercutting those in work. It seems that these retail giants, including Tesco and Sainsburys, are using this scheme to by-pass the minimum wage legislation and getting people to work for them without paying a fair rate for the job.

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