Yesterday Buzz Patrol wrote about the complaints made to the Guardian from jobseekers that were bussed into London by the security firm Close Protection UK to work on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Today, former deputy prime minister John Prescott joined in the debate, accusing the government of “exploiting cheap labor” and said that their working conditions were not so far removed from labor camps.
Two stewards complained about to the broadsheet about their treatment, claiming that they had been forced to spend the night under London Bridge in cold and wet conditions, had no access to toilets for 24 hours, some women had to change into their steward outfits in public and after working a 14 hour shift in the pouring rain they were then taken to spend the night on a swampy campsite near the river Thames.
They also claimed that they had been told that they would be paid for the work they were doing, but then once they were on the coach, they were told that they would not be paid and if they did not accept the terms, then they would not be considered for the well-paid Olympics jobs that would become available in the summer. Continue Reading