From time to time dreadful, awful, pathetic ideas resurface and somehow find friends and sympathisers amongst the "haven't actually followed this thought through" mob - unpaid work trials is one of such.
Let's stop and think before we decide that an unpaid work trial for anyone, let alone a person who has a disability is a good idea. I am sitting at my desk and caring for the responsibilities assigned to me. In exchange my employer (NOVA) rewards me with a cheque every fortnight.
I believe that the value of my work is equivalent to the value of the cheques. In fact, if I am honest I probably feel I might be worth just a little more - and most people I know also value their worth to their employer.
If I am worth paying then any person performing work to the best of their ability is also worth paying - Honest days work for an honest days pay.
Paid work trials - fair, reasonable and indicative of the worth of both parties
Unpaid work trials - Surely, for a specialist disability employment program, unfair, unreasonable and indicative of a lack of professional skill and a failure to truly appreciate the worth of jobseekers.
NOVA won't go there!
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