Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Why did Waterstones end workfare at its stores?

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Whereas its a minor victory for anti-workfare campaigners when Waterstones recently acknowledged it was ending unpaid work placements forever, what made them decide to stop?

Unpaid work placements forced under statutory law where jobseekers allowance claimants are threatened with benefit sanctions up to 3 months without benefit sanctions for being late on the first occasion,  were no more immoral then, than it is now. Why the change of heart?

Perhaps Waterstones were threatened with legal action? Perhaps an incident occurred at one of its stores where they realised their insurance didn’t cover the forced placements?

Perhaps they are planning to employ a few thousand more staff to Get Britain Working. Who knows?  Do you? 


Written by Universal Jobmatch

February 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

Posted in DWP, Work Programme, Workfare

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  1. Would just like to say wel done on the action u took at brighton poundland . Could I just suggest that u write to all the top insurance companys and explain that all them that are unemployed are being forced to go and do the free labour as I dont belive that they understand thats the case and belive that we are all volunteers and we aint we being forced .i was forced to do free labour at local football club when I asked who was insuring me to be there as im being forced to be here the guy said I phone our insurance company and they said no im not insured due to am not an employee aint a volunteer or any way involved with said placment also no health and saftey was given there they are breaking the law as everybody that takes up work by law should have a test and by somebody thats fully quilified in health and saftey not just who u see on day one they breaking the law not doing it .i say if more people that are forced to do unpaid work MAKE SURE U SEE OR GET THEM TO RING INSURANCE COMPANY IN FRONT U TO MAKE SURE U INSURED AND TO DEMAND TO SEE THAT THE PERSON WHO IF U LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE A HEALTH AND SAFTEY THAT THEY ARE QUILIFIED TO GIVE U A HEALTH AND SAFTEY AS ONLY THOSE IN LAW CAN DO THIS ALSO JOIN A UNION COST 81P A WK THAT WAY U WIL HAVE SUM BODY ON YOUR SIDE TO FIGHT YOUR CORNER . Also when u finish your free labour u should make out a bill to said employer for work rendered and if dont pay take to small claims court 99. 999 of the time the employer wil not turn up to court ending in u winning the case as they dont want the bad publicity to affect there business .

    Wayne green

    February 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

  2. […] on about numerous topics on workfare such as list of workfare placement companies, Waterstones ending workfare placements, Poundland stopping workfare… at its brighton store and workfare employees being employees of […]

  3. TheCo-operativeFood @CooperativeFood

    We can confirm we’ll not be utilising the Govt’s Work Experience programme.

    We do not support compulsory non paid work experience in our business


    February 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm

  4. TKmax used to take on people for nowt.

    Do they mean they ‘no longer’ support compulsory non paid work experience? Hmmm?

    Mr No

    February 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

  5. It was to do with the fact that there are so many more Workfare positions (disabled as well as unemployed), and this increase reduces the ability of businesses to offer paid employment, increasing unemployment as well as reducing the amount of income tax collected by the Inland Revenue. Basically, Waterstone’s was smart enough to see what you and the government cannot.


    February 28, 2015 at 8:36 pm

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