UK employment programs – labor, (2012-02-27, London) British youth unemployment rate to record high, the British government last year launched a “youth contract” plan to help the country’s youth to find a job, so that British youth can get internship work-study and training contracts. This scheme, labor.
Office for National Statistics data released on the 15th of this month, the fourth quarter of last year, the United Kingdom about 104 million, 16-24 year-olds, in school or unemployed, accounting for a fifth of the total number of population in this age group. Than the number of unemployed in the third quarter of more than 2 million people in 1992 – the highest level since comparable records.
British Prime Minister David Cameron announced last year: the implementation of the “youth contract” plan to create internship opportunities for young people so that they draw on the valuable work experience to enable them to find work in the future. Young people must be involved in the project signed the contract, the obligation to complete the selected work, if halfway, will face penalties, including, loss of government unemployment benefits.
Critics point out that this program is to promote youth employment rate, the manufacture of free labor for many large enterprises.
Critics point out that so far, some 34,200 young people participating in the program, their fast-food chain McDonald’s and other large enterprises, providing up to 67.5 million pounds of unpaid labor.
Bradley said: “If someone believes that they forced a vain work, it can be described as ‘slave labor’. If these young people to participate in the internship program, the spokesman for the organization of the right to work movement, not only does not learn anything at the end of the internship, but also can not find jobs, they actually are forced vain. ”
Growing criticism; many large retailers have left the program
With the growing criticism of this plan, many large retailers have announced: exit plan, which include large supermarkets Tesco (Tesco). Last week, Tesco branches, large-scale protests, London Branch, because of the protests, was forced to temporarily shut down.
UK Many Minister of Solidarity with the “youth contract” plan, they noted that the young people participating in the program is voluntary, many young people do through this program, full-time employment. Department of Work and Pensions said that the young people participating in the program, more than half in less than 13 weeks to join the Scheme, no longer receiving unemployment benefits, only 210 youth, because of the collapse, lose benefit.