Slaaf voor een uitkering

The Guardian heeft ontdekt dat jonge werklozen in Engeland verplicht te werk worden gesteld in commerciële bedrijven zonder rechten. Sterker nog, als ze weigeren, dan verliezen ze hun uitkering.

Op het blog van Robert Neuwirth,Stealth of Nations, vond ik het volgende stukje daarover:

you be the judge
Every time I get interviewed about Stealth of Nations and the global growth of System D, I get asked a variation of this question: “Aren’t workers in the informal economy being exploited?

For all those who think the formal economy is so great for workers, check out this cringe-inducing article from The Guardian. The British paper discovered that the government is sending young unemployed people in the UK to work for major businesses, in what the government calls a work experience program. The catch: they have to work for free. If the unemployed people refuse to work for no pay, they risk losing their $80 per week unemployment stipends.

James Rayburn, a 21-year-old job-seeker, told the Guardian that, with his unpaid job at the supermarket chain Tesco, which earned a $6 billion profit last year, “it [was] as if I walked into the store and said, ‘Look I’ll help.'” Even if you want to consider his unemployment benefit a salary, if Rayburn worked 30 hours a week, his effective wage was $2.66 an hour.

So you be the judge. Which is more exploitative: System D–which actually pays its employees–or this scheme cooked up by the government and some supremely profitable businesses–which doesn’t?

Occupy, anyone?