And so , on the day that Iain Duncan-Smith’s resignation from the Tory Austerity Regime is the headline news ;
the facebook page of mine , #DansLaMerde publishes the latest instalment of the continuing Alice-in-Wonderland ….
I.D.S. RESIGNS BUT THE MERDE CARRIES ON !!
#Interserve STRIKES AGAIN !!
WHEN DO YOU GET PAID FOR A PAID WORK TRIAL?
IF YOU GOT THE JOB, HOW MANY WEEKS CAN YOU SURVIVE ON 2 WEEKS PAY ? ANSWER – 5.
Here’s some correspondence between me and my JCP.
Thank you for clarifying the situation. The wisest and most sensible course of action for me,based ( on the information you’ve provided and adding to that Interserve’s flat out refusal to give me any reassurances whatsoever ) , is not now to start the proposed work trial. DWP Rules are the DWP Rules . There is an utter and complete lack of any transitional arrangements for those who would graduate from JSA into full time employment. Even if my week long work trial was a success, Interserve could not assure me that I would be allocated the shifts and the choice of days off which the Employer asked that I make on their application form. This renders the week long trial pointless ,especially since Interserve belatedly and at my prompting told me that my first pay day would be April 28 -at which point I would only receive,at the most 2 weeks pay-which then somehow I would have to survive on till the end of May. The supposed promise on the employer’s application form ( which Interserve refused to reassure me on) is not a guarantee ,it is in verifiable mathematical terms a chance probability. A 66% probability of NOT getting my choice of Shifts ( any 1 of 3 ) and a 75% probability of NOT getting my choice of 2 days off ( any 1 pair of 4 in the week ). Although to quote Interserve discussing with me what happens after a successful work trial , ” You’re 99% guaranteed to get the shift you’ve asked for and days off ”
” And the white knight is talking backwards and the red queen’s off her head ” ( Jefferson Airplane )