Unpaid job scheme ruled 'lawful'

A High Court judge has rejected jobless graduate Cait Reilly's claim that a scheme requiring her to work for free at a Poundland discount store breached human rights laws banning slavery.

The Government back-to-work schemes were criticised as "forced labour" by a Birmingham graduate, but have been ruled lawful.

Mr Justice Foskett, sitting at the High Court in London, said:

"characterising such a scheme as involving or being analogous to 'slavery' or 'forced labour' seems to me to be a long way from contemporary thinking".

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Hit out on 'forced labour'

The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith has hit out at the Birmingham University graduate who won her Court of Appeal claim that she was forced to abandon volunteering at a museum to work for free at Poundland.