Cait Reilly, the geology graduate who claimed being asked to work a placement in Poundland in return for her benefits was a form of slavery, must be celebrating today after winning her ludicrous case on a technicality in the Court of Appeal.
The back-to-work scheme, she claimed, was “forced labour”, unpaid work and therefore in contravention of her human rights. Worse, “the experience did not help [her] get a job”.
Let’s ignore the fact that there was no force involved, in that she could choose to take part or to refuse to do anything. Let’s ignore that it was emphatically not “unpaid”, in that she was paid benefits in return for taking part.
Let’s focus on her other claim:
“those two weeks were a complete waste of my time as the experience did not help me get a job”
Really? Happily, Ms Reilly has now found work – as a supermarket worker in Morrison’s.
It seems the Poundland work experience did the trick after all. Or was it her geology degree the supermarket hired her for?
Since I left the TPA last week, a lot of people have been asking where I’m headed. I hadn’t been able to let on, but now that it’s been announced publicly (on the front page of PR Week, no less) I can confirm that I’ll be joining Portland Communications from August. For those who are interested in that sort of thing, the full PR Week write-up can be found here.
Needless to say, I’m looking forward to joining Portland a great deal. This blog is going to continue as the home of my personal opinion writing – which I hope you’re enjoying so far.