There is widespread outrage today about Tesco’s unashamed exploitation of unemployed individuals via the governments’ ‘mandatory work activities’ which are intended to be of benefit to the community. Tesco is far from alone on a long list of multinational companies taking advantage of this free labour source. To their credit Sainsbury’s and Waterstones are amongst a small band of large companies pulling out of the initiative which forces the unemployed to work in often menial jobs in order to receive their Job Seekers Allowance (a return of around £1.80 per hour but bear in mind JSA is intended to support people as they seek proper, meaningful employment). If the individual does not partake in the forced work placement they risk losing benefits for up to three years! Slavery is alive and well in the 21st century – but all is okay, as Tesco’s shelves are fuller than ever.I’ve boycotted Tesco for a while now (as part of my ongoing life goal to ‘boycott my blacklisted companies’). But this story really is just a drop in the ocean of Tesco’s immoral business practice. Consider also:
– their widespread exploitation of suppliers across the world forcing many out of business
– their aggressive advertising campaigns making business impossible for many local traders
– their broken promises about the recruitment of long term unemployed individuals (promises made to secure planning permission for new stores)
– their holding councils to ransom over land that the authorities want to use for social housing projects
– their use of RFID chips which invade the privacy of customers
By the way, all of the general public’s comments today on Tesco’s Facebook page have mysteriously disappeared. It appears they are not a fan of freedom of speech either.
Every Little Hurts. Please consider joining me in boycotting Tesco…
For more information read The Guardian’s article ‘Work for free and ‘be of benefit’ to a multinational like Tesco’ or visit the ‘Boycott Tesco’ website.