Is M&S Workfare Scheme Illegal?

Remember, it’s another Workfare Week of Action – more details on Say no to slave labour!

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marks-spencer-workfareMarks and Spencer’s mealy mouthed response to criticism over their use of mass workfare has prompted the company to furiously deny that the scheme is anything to do with the DWP.

Whilst this piles yet more humiliation on hapless Iain Duncan Smith – who is fast running out of friends – it also appears to be an admission from the company that their workfare scheme is illegal.

As has been repeatedly pointed out this week by @BoycottWorkfare, so called ‘work experience’ programmes are only exempt from the minimum wage laws if they are government backed schemes.

This hasn’t stopped some of the UK’s largest companies flouting the laws with flaky unpaid work experience jobs or internships.  Several of those interns have been successful in claiming money back from the companies who expected them to work for free.  They have had an unlikely ally in the tax office, who even have…

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