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A protester makes his point outside McDonald's in Royal Avenue, Belfast

The hard left are on a roll and it has a simple aim; Stop young people getting work experience. Here is a snap of the sort of nonsense that is being trotted out on a daily basis…

“Protesters have voiced anger over an under-fire UK Government work experience programme aimed at getting people off benefits and into jobs. The scheme has triggered claims that it exploits young people who risk losing out on benefits if they do not complete unpaid work placements. High street businesses Waterstone’s, Poundland and Burger King have now withdrawn from the scheme.

Protest group Youth Fight For Jobs is starting a ‘name and shame’ tour on Saturday in which it will campaign outside Northern Ireland premises of firms involved in the UK programme. There is no mandatory work experience programme in Northern Ireland — though a scheme to gradually introduce the unemployed to the world of work, known as Steps To Work, can include work experience. It pays an extra £15.38 per week on top of benefit entitlement as well as transport costs. McDonald’s, whose restaurant at Donegall Place in Belfast was the scene of yesterday’s protest, said it continued to support the work experience programme. But it could not say if anyone in Northern Ireland had been involved in placements.”

Meanwhile, the founder of the Big Issue, John Bird, has come out and declared such schemes as invaluable.

The name of the game for the Left is stopping unemployment from falling. All this “slavery” hysteria is aimed at scaring companies from  participating – so it has a political aim.

I’m just hoping the “name and shame” tour will include the BBC and The Guardian, both of whom offer unpaid work experience.

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  1. Gosh when I saw the picture of a McDonald’s and the first sentence start “the hard left are on a roll” I thought McDonalds had introduced a new food item.

  2. No one has the right to any benefits

    Having the young and able bodied work for a benefit is good for society, and good for the young person.

    I had a number of before or after school jobs ( delivering newspapers, at a dry cleaner shop, working behind a grill at the famous Nathans Famous at Coney Island, etc ) from an early age.

    The pay was appreciated, but learning how to show up on time, how to work as part of a team, and how to keep working at a task until it was completed, was priceless.

    The professional protesters are not doing ” the youth ” any favors at all.

  3. “Protest group Youth Fight For Jobs is starting a ‘name and shame’ tour on Saturday …”

    We can do a bit of naming and shaming now. Is “Youth Fight for Jobs” the usual collection of cranks, weirdos, perverts, dossers, tossers, nonces, ponces and other Left Wing oddballs?:

    Youth Fight for Jobs is a campaigning youth organisation based across England, Scotland and Wales backed by 7 national British trade unions the PCS,RMT, the CWU, Unite, UCU, TSSA and BECTU as well as individual trade union branches, student unions and labour movement figures.”

    Why yes! Trade unions are dying and interns/work experience types aren;t in unions. At it’s heart, this is a self-serving campaign which preys on the young and impressionable for the benefit of unionists.

  4. This is absolute nonsense. People don’t work for ‘benefit’: they work for a wage. And the wage is paid by the employer i.e. by the recipient of the work. It looks like the corporates are trying it on again, and there are plenty of fellow-travellers who would support them.

  5. Allen@Aberdeen –

    It’s voluntary: “if you want work experience, here it is”. If the State introduced a compulsory ‘workfare’ scheme then yes, it should be resisted.

  6. Allan@Aberdeen –

    Taxpayers pay, whether the welfare recipient gives it a go or not. Sure, it might appeal to some firms to get some free labour, but the scheme is voluntary and, for the unemployed who give it a go and get a leg up, they gain.

    If it went further to compulsory workfare then that ought to be resisted. Some firms would undoubtedly sign up for what would be slave labour. Same for those ideas which crop up from time to time about ‘recruiting’ the unemployed into an army of litter pickers and grafitti cleaners. That’s no less slave labour because it’s compulsory. When welfare again becomes particularly unpopular look for that to appear – again. The concept of welfare must either stand or fall on its own.

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