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Following correspondence from branches on Workfare Schemes this matter was referred by the GGC to the C of E to determine policy.
At the June statutory meeting of the C of E the following was agreed:
“That this union opposes workfare as we want proper jobs with negotiated rates of pay and conditions for the work and we stand for proper apprenticeships.
We instruct all representatives of this union not to get involved in any workfare schemes where benefits are attached to this work.
However, work experience is okay to get involved in so long as it doesn’t affect establishments and it’s for a maximum of three weeks and agreed with this union.
Any proposed agreements entered into must go in front of GGC or Shipping Committee.”