Monday, 6 August 2012

Voluntary work experience not slavery shocker

From the BBC today:
A graduate has lost her legal challenge to a government scheme which she says forces people to work without pay.
Cait Reilly, a University of Birmingham geology graduate, had argued that making her work unpaid at a Poundland store for two weeks or risk losing her benefits was a breach of human rights.
Lawyers representing the pair were trying to get their back-to-work schemes declared unlawful under article four of the European Convention on Human Rights, which prohibits both forced labour and slavery.
I remember this case from when the Guardian gave her an article back in January. Ms. Reilly was incorrectly told that the back to work programme was mandatory by the Job Centre. Having arranged her own placement, which you are entitled to do and still claim job seekers allowance, surely the sensible course of action would have been to go through the complaints procedure to resolve the conflict?  Perhaps her MP could have got involved if the complaint fell on deaf ears? Nope, she went on a crusade and got the human rights lawyers involved rather than trying to deal with a minor fuck up. It was clear that she was after a fight and wanted to make a political point rather than trying to sort things out. If she wonders why she is struggling to find work, perhaps it's because she seeks conflict and is unwilling and/or unable to deal with a problem calmly and rationally. Who the fuck would want to take on someone like that as an employee?

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