Tesco facing more protests over unpaid jobs
A group of campaigners called Right to Work, backed by unions PCS, Unite and Unison, are joining other anti-workfare groups to protest against Tesco stores following the unpaid work experience row which all kicked off last week.
Mark Dunk not only has a vaguely amusing name, but has said the group was planning a day of action on Wednesday which included a sit-in protest at a Tesco store in Bishopsgate, central London.
This follows a group of campaigners forcing the Tesco Express branch at Portcullis House near the Houses of Parliament to close for an hour over the weekend.
If you missed the furore, it started because of this advert.
Tesco have since amended the advert, saying it was down to a mistake caused by an IT processing error. They claim it was supposed to a placement offered under the Government's "sector-based work academy scheme".
Tesco are also apparently meeting up with Chris Grayling at the Department of Work and Pensions this week to try and remove any link between the voluntary work experience scheme and receipt of benefits. Sainsbury's have already pulled out of offering mandatory work experience schemes to jobless claimants.
Tesco has explained that the advert was "a mistake caused by an IT error by Jobcentre Plus" with a spokesperson adding: "We understand the concern that those who stay in the scheme longer than a week risk losing their benefits if they drop out before the end of their placement. We have suggested to DWP that, to avoid any misunderstanding about the voluntary nature of the scheme, this threat of losing benefit should be removed."