(Original post by Official House of Commons)
Tell Stewart Malcolm McDonald, MP for Glasgow South, about your views on being asked to work an unpaid trial shift.
He has proposed a new law which would ban the practice of asking job seekers to work a trial shift without pay. He wants to know:
- Have you been asked to work an unpaid trial shift?
- After completing it, were you offered the job?
- Do you feel that students are particularly affected by this issue?
- Do you think it is fair to ask someone to work an unpaid trial shift?
Stewart will be reading and responding to your comments so join the discussion and share your experiences.
I don't think its right to force someone to work an unpaid trial shift. People seem to ignore that having to work unpaid is either slavery or a punishment for crime(community service) and that criminals in prison automatically get food and shelter but when its unemployed people society will look down at them treating them worse than criminals.
I think the Jobcentre should provide help and support for Jobseekers and also offer them opportunities for work experience but none of it must be forced and they should get their money automatically as it is their basic human rights. If prisoners were denied access to food in a prison it would often be considered a breach of human rights but somehow jobcentre sanctions aren't?
To add to this, I quote a paragraph from this article
"If, for example, a hospital failed to provide food and water to an extremely vulnerable patient who was entirely dependant upon staff for personal care, over a sustained period, resulting in death, this would be likely to breach Article 2."
but why is this not a breach in human rights:
"If, for example, the Government failed to provide food and water to an extremely vulnerable citizen who was entirely dependant upon the Government for personal support, over a sustained period, resulting in death, this would be likely to breach Article 2."
There are tonnes of examples of the above and many Jobseekers often tend to be very vulnerable as they are often disabled and are not even fit for work as they have been unfairly removed from disability benefits.
The idea that the Jobseekers are lazy and don't want to work is classist hatred being spread from the media - most Jobseekers want to try and get an opportunity to get a good job but are finding it hard to get jobs they don't need to be forced into anything but a lot of them are very vulnerable and need a lot of support.
I also advise the following logic for those insistent that those on Jobseekers are to blame for being unemployed:
There are less vacancies than the number of unemployed people and thus no matter how hard anyone works some people will be unemployed and thus its just a matter of being unlucky.
People might start to argue that you could become self employed but that logic doesn't really work either due to the concepts of market share and competition meaning there are a limited number of opportunities for businesses.
If you manage to open up a new business and do well that will normally mean that you will be outcompeting other businesses and thus gaining market share from them and if the size of the market doesn't increase substainally that will normally mean other businesses not doing as well and having to make people redundant and employ less people creating more unemployment which cancels the amount of employment you might have created.
However, the unemployment situation can be avoided if the Government invests and creates many more jobs.
Thus, it may make sense to rename Jobseekers Allowance as Unemployment Compensation Payment recoginising that it is the Government that is responsible for ensuring that people are employed because at the moment it is impossible for substantial numbers of people to not be unemployed and if they tried harder then perhaps they might get jobs over other people but then the other people would be unemployed so roughly that amount of people has to be unemployed so its not the fault of the unemployed that they are unemployed.