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Work for free and 'be of benefit' to a multinational like Tesco | John Harris | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
At which point, it's worth pausing to reflect on what all this actually entails. Thanks to referrals by both jobcentres and private-sector Work Programme providers, it's about people effectively working for nothing, not only in charities and the public sector, but in huge retail chains. Thanks to the legal action launched by Cait Reilly, we all know about Poundland. Asda, Boots, Argos and TK Maxx, and the Arcadia group (including Topshop and Burton) are also involved. Hats off, perhaps, to Sainsbury's and Waterstones for announcing that they have ended their involvement with this kind of work experience, but if you want an indication that workfare may be turning into an immovable part of the private-sector economy, consider last night and today's blizzard of outrage about a Tesco ad placed on the Jobcentre Plus website. It's for nightshift workers in East Anglia, who will be paid "JSA plus expenses".
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Feb 16th, 2012 at 02:33:27 PM EST
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When you hear me complaining about government schemes.  This is what I'm complaining about.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Feb 16th, 2012 at 08:56:40 PM EST
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I'm surprised that Tesco's small and medium sized competitors aren't complaining about the government subsidizing tesco's profits

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 02:41:40 AM EST
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