24 Feb '12, 12pm

I’m a jobs snob. Iain Duncan Smith should be one too | Faiza Shaheen

The last 10 days have seen things turn from bad to worse for Iain Duncan Smith and his cherished Work Programme. First Tesco was caught advertising for night shift workers who were going to get paid their jobseekers allowance (!) plus expenses. Attempts to defend the scheme only led to another barrage of complaints from commentators. And yesterday the Guardian reported that A4E, a private company delivering the Work Programme, had been using jobseekers as free admin staff. Despite days of increasingly irritable debate, a great white elephant still stands in the room. Those of us dismayed by profit-making companies abusing the unemployed and stinging off taxpayers shouldn't be fending off accusations of 'job snobbery' - we have every right to be snobs about these types of jobs. Not because they aren't jobs worth doing, but because even when employees are paid, too often the...

Full article: http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/2012/02/24/i%2019m-a-job...

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