26th September, 2015
“B&M stores started using workfare Jan 2013. Receiving free labour and stopping overtime for employees with contracts. The people forced to do this free labour are not happy and neither are the other workers.”
“Older or long term staff were sacked and a new wave of 20 workfare placements taken on.”
“Just to let you know B&M Stores have taken on new staff under a workfare scheme. This was 1 month after staff hours were cut by 50%. This meant my hours were cut from 20 to 10.”
B & M Stores use government funded Workfare scheme and replace their contracted staff with them.
The DWP says that forcing people to do work, to get experience, is good for their prospects for future employment.
In some cases this is correct, although, as a practitioner, I'd say that some match of talents and job requirements is required before any favourable outcome is likely to occur.
It's certainly true that a person with a good track record, who can show that they can get up in the morning, turn up for work on time and do a decent day's work for a decent day's pay is more likely to be employable, than someone whose CV shows a long period of unemployment.
It's just the decent day's pay that is missing here.
If B & M is so public spirited as to give people the opportunity to gain experience and the chance to update their CV with recent work, why are they so unwilling to pay them for it.
And how much good is this to the overall economy when, in order to give these "opportunities" to people, they are sacking or reducing the hours of existing staff?
What does it do for their life chances?
How does this affect the person whose hours are cut for 20 to 10? Does B & M care, or is it just happy to have an endless supply of free labour?
In my opinion it's not even a good store. Compared with Home Bargains the prices are high and the staff, perhaps not unsurprisingly, are far less helpful.
I won't just boycott the store on September 26, I'll never go back.
You may be interested in this Facebook page.
Here is a list of organisations which have participated in Workfare.