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20-01-11, 08:21 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
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I don't think enough is made of the Apprenticeships available to the unemployed of that age which surprises me - my brother has taken on a couple and the government pay a fair chunk of the wages.
Is this a re-hash of the old YTS scheme that appeared in the 80's and 90's? A mate of mine used this to it's utmost, keeping youngsters on for the required period of time and reaping the benefits of the government's contribution and then letting them go only to take on another YTS so not increasing his labour costs.
Thatcher and her cronies used the unemployment route to help businesses keep down labour costs,the old "if you don't want to work for those wages, there are plenty out there that will" approach. Whilst unemployment is on the rise, the stance now is to let immigration rip and have a pool of cheap labour from that source.
As Geoff mentions, austerity now will be like a picnic when compared to the post war austerity of the late 40's and 50's. I don't think we will be queueing at bread shops or the butchers, it might be a good idea to put sweets on ration to help with the obesity problems we have!
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