Government's back-to-Work scheme gives a new meani...

Government's back-to-work scheme gives a new meaning to incompetence

12 February 2013

Unite has said that the government's back-to-work scheme 'gives a new meaning to incompetence' as three judges in London have today (12 February) ruled most of the government's back-to-work schemes are unlawful and have quashed them. 

University graduate Cait Reilly has won her Court of Appeal claim that requiring her to work for free at a Poundland discount store was unlawful. 

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said:

"This government is determined to give incompetence a new meaning on a daily basis. Cait Reilly is a hero for challenging this flawed scheme. 

"The back-to-work scheme was exploitative, cruel and a total waste of the talents of our young people. There was never any evidence to support the scheme. In fact studies from the US and guidance given to the UK government showed that these schemes have no record in finding people paid employment. Yet the coalition still pressed ahead with a scheme designed on the back of a postage stamp. 

"The government must now ditch this forced labour scheme for big business and focus on creating real jobs to help give one million young unemployed people a real future."


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Notes to editors: Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.