date: 12 June 2012
embargo: For immediate release
Responding to the ministerial statement today (Tuesday) that the government is to extend the mandatory work activity scheme, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: 'Forcing people without paid jobs to work for free won't tackle the UK's unemployment crisis.
'Instead of punishing people without jobs, the government should focus on getting our economy out of recession and providing good quality employment support for the 2.6 million unemployed people across the country who are desperate to move into paid work.'
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Press release (300 words) issued 12 Jun 2012
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