The BBC had quite a rattle at the alleged “exploitation” of the unemployed by the wicked employer CPUK at the River Pageant yesterday. This Guardian/Labour/BBC assault now looks a little shoddy when we read…
“The company has also received messages from other volunteers. One said they were ‘treated with the utmost respect and highly praised for the work we had done’, while others said they were looking forward to working with CPUK again at the Olympics. The 80 or so volunteers were taken on through the Government’s apprentice and work programme schemes, which aim to help the long-term jobless back into work.
Of these, 50 under the age of 25 were paid the Government’s standard rate for apprentices of £2.60 per hour and the other 30 either accepted the same rate or refused payment because it would adversely affect their benefits.
The complaints were reported at length by The Guardian, which quoted two unnamed jobseekers claiming they were forced to camp overnight under London Bridge before they started work on the river pageant.
They were then picked up by BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, becoming the subject of its main interview slot at 8.10am, and again by The World At One at lunchtime.”
As was also brought to my attention, did the two anonymous complainants receive payment in any form for their story from the Guardian and if so, will they ensure this income is reported to the Department that pays their Benefit?