The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) has confirmed it will no longer participate in government workfare programmes. Read the full statement below.
“PDSA has reviewed its position regarding the Government work placement programme and has taken the decision not to participate in the scheme going forward.
The recent debates regarding the Government’s work experience schemes has prompted PDSA to withdraw.
Some of our retail stores have had placements on a variety of Government work experience programmes and anyone wishing to remain as a volunteer will be welcome to stay. Indeed, many of our volunteers on work experience placements have chosen to stay on with us long after their placements have finished because of the positive experience they have had with PDSA. Others have gone on to paid employment using the skills they have gained with us.
We have never used work experience placements in place of paid staff. All placements are voluntary and work alongside other volunteers in aid of a very worthy cause.“
PDSA joins SENSE who quit the scheme on 1st February 2012. Read the full statement below.
“Sense has pulled out of the government’s Mandatory Work Activity (MWA) scheme, sometimes known as Workfare, following a review.
There had been a small number of volunteers on the scheme in parts of Sense’s trading arm. Some of the participants had made a great contribution to the charity shops and had genuinely gained from the experience.
However, it was not thought that the mandatory aspect of the scheme was right and Sense intends to find other ways to make volunteering and work experience opportunities available to people who would benefit from them.”
Congratulations to the above organisations on putting ethics before profit. However, other unethical charities continue to make profit from forced labour.
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