IDS criticises those who are 'too good to stack shelves'
The work and pensions secretary has criticised people "who think they're too good" to stack supermarket shelves. Iain Duncan Smith said many "smart people" overlooked the importance of effective shelf-stacking.
He said: "I understand she said she wasn't paid. She was paid jobseeker's allowance, by the taxpayer, to do this. I'm sorry, but there is a group of people out there who think they're too good for this kind of stuff."
"Let me remind you that [former Tesco chief executive] Terry Leahy started his life stacking shelves."
The next time somebody goes in - those smart people who say there's something wrong with this - they go into their supermarket, ask themselves this simple question.
"When they can't find the food they want on the shelves, who is more important - them, the geologist, or the person who stacked the shelves?"
Employment minister 'to take action' on work scheme regulation
Employment minister Mark Hoban has said the Government "will take action" to correct work scheme regulation after the Court of Appeal's ruling that making University graduate Cait Reilly work for free at a Poundland discount store was unlawful.
TUC: Poundland judgement shows ‘big hole’ in government policy
Today's Court of Appeal ruling that it is unlawful to be made to work for free demonstrates there is a "big hole" in the Government's work scheme programmes, according to the Trade Union Congress (TUC).
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This blows a big hole through the Government's workfare policies. Of course voluntary work experience can help the jobless, and it is right to expect the unemployed to seek work.
“But it is pointless to force people to work for no pay in jobs that do nothing to help them while putting others at risk of unemployment.
"This policy is about blaming the jobless, not helping them. Ministers should now abandon this misguided approach, and instead guarantee real jobs for the long-term unemployed, especially the young.”