Over the last few days I heard some shocking stories.
Stories from unemployed people who have to work 4-6 weeks at a time in Work Placements - not for pay but for continued Job Seekers Allowance.
The reasons given are that the work placement will "provide valuable experience which will look good on the CV" and that "it *might* lead to a proper paid job". But the paid job never comes. Instead the "trainee" is sent back to the job centre and a new "trainee" is brought in...
Essentially this creates a work force on extremely low "pay" which is not even paid by the employer but the tax payer, and the employers gets a work force for no cost to themselves.
That's madness! It's grossly unfair. How can we possibly allow this to happen?