The worst job in Britain?

16 February 2012

Opinions are divided on the government scheme that orders the jobless to work unpaid for major companies. Some people say it’s despicable while others simply choose to use the word ‘disgrace’ instead. This vacancy is perhaps the lowest of the low.

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Yep, that’s right, Tesco are actually punting a NIGHT SHIFT job for NO MONEY. Vile. The Twitter storm is already gathering pace and we’re expecting this to be withdrawn by noon. Unless someone’s taken the job by then.

39 comments

  • Boris
    Just to save everybody's time: 50 inch TV's Scroungers Sterilisation Scum Iceland Breeders Fare dodging council house layabouts. My taxes. During the war etc. Have I missed anything?
  • Dick
    But think of the experience you will gain, so that you can move on to a better job. That, and it is easier to nick bottles of scotch on the night shift, so you can make money on the side.
  • Popcorn D.
    Good God... this has got to stop. All this guff from the government about cracking down on scroungers and we're subsidising FUCKING TESCO. How the hell did this happen?
  • Popcorn D.
    Just disgusting. These "job creating" companies are the biggest benefit scroungers of them all. There needs to be a naming and shaming of ALL companies that make use of this scheme. If you look at the Jobcentre ads you can see that VERY few of them actually say who you're working for: http://www.dgjobs.co.uk/workfare.php Pathetic. We're subsidising their profits and they don't even have the balls to tell us to our face.
  • Danny
    I'm all up for making people who are living on benefits (without good reason) working for their benefits, but they should be doing jobs that will bring our taxes down, like cleaning the streets and emptying bins etc
  • Mike H.
    Why the fuck should we pay them to sit around playing on their iPhone? Get them into TESCO and make them work for their dole. Dave, I imagine TESCO is a heafty employer. We subsidise farmers over £150 per year, per person so they can drive around in their Over-finched Range Rover HST Sport telling us how badly they are affected by fuel prices so I think a few quid to TESCO to get lazy cunts off their playstations and working for my money is a good thing.
  • James D.
    This makes me seriously angry.
  • Stu
    is it not possible that Tesco are subsiding the government for the JSA payments? A minimum wage job would still allow the employee to claim some kind of benefits. At least this way, theyre working and not earning money and STILL claiming benefits.
  • Bryan C.
    They didn't make a mistake. They knew what they were doing and are now back pedalling furiously to show they are a bunch of silly billys and not the blood devouring child eating bastards they are.
  • shinkyshonky
    Quoted The work programme or aka work for no pay is a travesty. I personally know a fifty-six year old man who worked at Tesco for 40 hrs a week for 6 weeks for no pay. He said he was given the worst job, constantly filling freezers in the hope he would be taken on. After the 6 weeks were up the manager asked him if he would like to stay on for some extra weeks, my friend asked "with pay"? The manager said why would he pay him when he can pick the phone up and get more unemployed people who have to work for nothing of face sanctions meaning loss of ALL benefits for up to three years! My friend wasn't alone, he was part of twelve extra staff taken on to cover the xmas rush, no one was given a job at the end of the xmas period. He told me they had all worked really hard and were gutted they were abused in such a way. The worst was one day he had to throw out lots of food one day over the use by date. He asked the manager if he could take some home as he was having to eat more due to being active all day. The manager refused saying if he gave him free food he wouldn't come through the front door and buy it!
  • Shonk
    Its a joke lets say they put 1 million people in these free jobs thats 1 million jobs less to go around They dont take anyone one from these its just free grunts
  • Anne T.
    I agree that working for a plc is wrong. However, they should be working for the community, stick them in community roles, cleaning memorials, painting council property, that sort of thing, if I'm paying for you whilst you're out of work I want value for my money I also don't want you working cash in hand, I want you somewhere with someone keeping an eye on you for 8 hours a day.
  • Clarkson
    This is fucking brilliant! I need a moat and a new Racetrack building, you can bring your own tools...
  • callum
    Shonk - They've employed 300 young people at the end of their "training" on this scheme in the last few months actually - in addition to existing workers, not as replacements. You could argue that they would have employed 300 people anyway, but that's the whole point of the scheme. The people undergoing this "slave labour" or whatever hyperbole you wish to use, are people who are long-term unemployed, or young people who have never had a job. They have very little going for them, and will lose every time at interviews - who is going to take an unproven person on over someone who has demonstrated with previous work they are a good employee? Sad as it may be, this scheme is a lifeline for those who take it seriously - hence why so many jobless people do it voluntarily. I do however think that the company should top-up their JSA allowance a bit. Not necessarily by a lot, but even if they just give a £50 Tesco voucher at the end of every full-week they work. They make billions in profit, I'm sure they could just about stretch to that.
  • Tesco C.
    What a bunch of cash grabbing megalomaniacal c*nts! They didn't give me double the difference the other night when they overcharged me for bay leaves, the pri*ks!
  • shinkyshonky
    Callum Do you have personal experience of this happening..... they’ve employed 300 young people at the end of their “training” on this scheme in the last few months actually – in addition to existing workers, not as replacements. And Anne Taxpayer are you for real.....I want you somewhere with someone keeping an eye on you for 8 hours a day.
  • Anne T.
    @shinkyshonky - Yep, does your employer (you know, the person who pays your wages) not keep an eye on your while you're at work? Well, if I'm employing someone, which, as a taxpayer I am with doleys, I want to know they're not off out committing crime and working cash in hand, is there a problem with that?
  • shinkyshonky
    Anne Taxpayer I work for myself But your saying all doleys are doing the following which, as a taxpayer I am with doleys, I want to know they’re not off out committing crime and working cash in hand, is there a problem with that? Is that not why we have laws and police in this country And hitler liked dogs...
  • Godwin
    I win.
  • Liz
    @Ann I assume you think that you run the Royal Navy too. You pay your tax and get no control - stop being delusional.
  • Popcorn D.
    They employed 300 people out of 1400 - less than a quarter. They wouldn't have hired 300 people without the scheme - if they weren't getting so many free workers, they would have hired considerably more.
  • Mike L.
    Back in my day, we had all the kiddies enlisted in the army for 2 year, helping defend our once great nation whilst learning important life experience! Today's generation expects something for nothing, if I had my way all unemployed person claiming job seekers allowance over 3 months would work the minimum hours to fund 75% of their jsa claim with travel expenses covered through a token/bus pass system. Jobs would range from chasing after skiving school kids to helping us old yin's across the road.
  • shinkyshonky
    Back in my day, we had all the kiddies enlisted in the army for 2 year, helping defend our once great nation whilst learning important life experience! Today’s generation expects something for nothing, if I had my way all unemployed person claiming job seekers allowance over 3 months would work the minimum hours to fund 75% of their jsa claim with travel expenses covered through a token/bus pass system. Jobs would range from chasing after skiving school kids to helping us old yin’s across the road. Yeah, yeah, and rosy coloured glasses are not for sale anymore
  • LanceVance
    @ Boris yes, you missed out drity, smelly immos.
  • Anne T.
    @Liz - The Navy has it's own management structure, I trust them to do what's neccesary, that's why I'm happy to pay for them. Unless of course you're saying that the army forces sit around watching Jeremy Kyle spunking taxpayer money? Not that all doleys are either, just the long term ones. @shinkyshonky - You honestly think the police in this country deal with dole fraud? The dole have a specialist department to deal with it, and frankly they're useless, at best they'll stop you working, at worst they'll fine you. Prevention is the key. And if you think trying to save taxpayer money is facist perhaps you should move to China.
  • Small o.
    Listen to you lot, what riles me, is you sit here and attack the big plc over the free labour and the worst job in the world issues, while the smaller ones like myself who employ 1-200 staff (NON forced labour) struggle to compete with the said company and other 3 large grocery suppliers, and where do most of you go after criticising tesco, well i can tell you its definately one of the BIG 4 grocery stores. You will support the same stores you attack. How about instead of sitting here and complaining, vote with your feet, support your local grocery stores, it may be 10 pound extra per 100 pounds, but we dont do slave labour...
  • The B.
    @Small Business Owner - I try to, I really do, but my local green grocers is open 9-5, I'm at work from 9-5, butchers, same thing, both shut at midday on Saturday. Even if they stayed open one late night a week I'd make the effort but they don't so they lose my business. Someone has just opened an "old fashioned" sweet shop in my village, it's right on a school route, sells weird and wonderful stuff, sweets by the quarter, etc. It's open 10am - 5pm, so it only catches the post school rush, kids being kids spend their money as soon as they get it, i.e. on their way to school thus it goes to another sweet shop (or Waitrose), I'd love for the business to make a go of it but with business logic like that it's not going to happen. Good luck to you though, sounds like you actually slog at it.
  • Weights I.
    Where is the shop that sells sweets by the quarter?
  • Popcorn D.
    Small Business Owner: What Bob said. It's a massive pain in the arse to use small shops when you work 9-5. Have you seen how busy supermarkets are between 5pm and 7? They're absolutely heaving, so why on Earth are so many small businesses closed at these times? I'm going to do my best to boycott the workfare scheme, but all I can reasonably do right now is switch to Sainsbury's and the Co-Op instead of Asda and Tesco. Anne Taxpayer: I can't think of many things more fascist than claiming government should "keep an eye on" people because they're "probably up to no good". There may well be some argument as to why people should work for their JSA, but what you're asking for is surveillance. Fuck that. Apparently you also want them to work full time, 8 hours a day, despite the fact that basic JSA works out at less than two days' pay. You're not their "employer". They don't have an employer. Because they don't have jobs. Duh. If you want to treat them like your employee, feel free to pay minimum wage and give them an employment contract. JSA is a temporary life line, not some bloody Dickensian workhouse.
  • Colostomy B.
    Wait rose? You posh area living cunt. Mos of us are from Southport you know.
  • Mustapha S.
    Hardly working for free. I'm not on benefits thank God, as I didn't fuck about at school or let some loser fire his beans up me before I was old enough to wear a bra. But assuming £100 a week for the 10 years, that comes to £100 x 4 x 12 x 10. I didn't do maths at school, some other clever cock can work that one out, but if 6 weeks at tesco sticking your fingers in frozen chickens means another 10 years of free cash, then its the best fucking job in the world. AND you can watch downtain abbey after
  • Gordon P.
    All the big 4 supermarkets will do whatever it takes to make money, if you are only just realising this now then you must be daft. The reason towns all over the country are full of charity shops, bookies, phone shops, pound shops and not alot else is due to the vast majority of people being sheep. Saying how poor the high street is but doing all thier shopping on-line. People having to shop at these supermarkets because of the state of the country means they cannot afford to shop anywhere else and thus the big 4 do what they like cos they make money for the goverment and keep the sheep in order. There are no jobs for people because the children who worked in low paid jobs to get experience when i was a lad can no longer get the low paid jobs due to the influx of cheap labour from EU nations. Then they take the money out of our country. Shitty job,? more like shitty future for everyone . (oh my local veg people deliver when i'm in as do most local produce suppliers you just have to ask them, i'm sure they have a phone number it just takes effort)
  • Popcorn D.
    "if 6 weeks at tesco sticking your fingers in frozen chickens means another 10 years of free cash" What the hell are you on about? 6 weeks, ten years, where did you get any of that shit from? I always laugh when working people say how awesome life would be on the dole. You're welcome to go try it any time you like - what's stopping you?
  • l
    Why are you using this article to bash benefit claimants and youths? That's exactly what these private companies want you to do. You're saying it's morally just for Tesco to not pay for workers but morally unjust for people to claim benefits? You need to take a hard look at yourselves! Though I appreciate that it's always easier to find negative things about other people than it is yourself... It's the older generations that allow all this s--t to happen, then the younger generations have to pay the price AND take the fall.
  • craig
    working for companies is wrong. i pay £50 a week tax in my job. the bins are always full,bottles etc all over local parks, they should all be put on cleaning society,might make them think about life. some are on benefits for reasons 70% are scum,mostly goverments fault for useless system though,letting them abuse. if dole is £90 a week,plus there rent and council tax on top,so day £180, make them do 25 hours working for local councils. bring our taxes down,make towns tidy and safer,everyone happy apart from the scroungers
  • ben
    i agree i would rather have people cleaning up the streets and doing communities up but someone would have to be employed to look after these new workers and then there is health and safety and that whole minefield. The Gov probably just need someone who can handle a large number of people quickly and have jobs that they can do to keep them occupied. I did 4 weeks unpaid work for morrisons back in 1991 as work experience and they made me do all the worst jobs including cleaning the feet of the shelves with a toothbrush. There are worse and more degrading places to be than on a night shift no getting paid anything. I think the government just want to keep people busy until the TURN AROUND in this downturn cycle. Looking at statistics a frightening amount of 18-24 yr olds out of work for more than a year turn to drugs, crime or just disappear off the radar. I would like it if the Government was creating new training schemes and initiatives but there can't be any money. I don't agree with people on here saying lower taxes, The NHS, Police and Fire Service can only just cope and the streets are a mess.
  • John L.
    Tesco alone have apparently had 1400 people through their books on this system and saved around £1500 for each of them in wages they have avoided paying for people doing real work. 300 people have got jobs from it. Well that means they are getting paid the equivalent of £2.25 million for giving people extended free trial interviews. Like Tesco need this!
  • Popcorn D.
    "I think the government just want to keep people busy until the TURN AROUND in this downturn cycle." I think what's going on is business trying to force wages down a little bit more. They've spent the last few decades outsourcing the every job they can to third world teenagers and then they hit a wall when they realised you can't outsource shop floor jobs. Putting in automatic checkouts helps shed a couple of jobs but it can only go so far. We're still a long way from the supermarkets' dream of fully automated stores, so the poor billionaires still had to pay a few people to stack shelves, clean the floors and so on. Now, the government we didn't vote for has helpfully provided a solution. Instead of outsourcing to other countries, companies can just go to the Jobcentre and ask for some cheap labour. Beautiful. It'll be a grim future for everyone if these people keep getting their way. Unless we all upload ourselves into a giant computer and live in a virtual reality world, obviously.
  • Tony
    The whole value system is rotten to the core. It would be acceptable to me if Tesco's paid the old guy (and anyone else who fancies it) in food, but only for a fair number of hours. Say £50 of shopping for five hours work, plus he should keep his JSA and it should ALL be tax free. Bonuses should be OUTLAWED. Raise salaries if needs be, but lets get rid of this obscene "kick in the teeth" culture. That way government departments could be set budgets based on firm income and corporation tax expectation rather than speculation.

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