Fast-food chain Burger King has pulled out of a controversial Government work experience scheme for the jobless.
The company, which runs 506 restaurants in the UK, had registered to take on young workers at its Slough headquarters as part of the Get Britain Working scheme but had pulled out because of public concern, according to a statement.
"We have decided to no longer have any involvement in the programme," the statement said.
The government initiative encourages companies to give unpaid placements to 16 to 24 year olds on Job Seekers Allowance (JSA). Participants are placed for two to eight weeks, working 25 to 30 hours a week.
The youths would continue to draw their JSA and the company may provide extra money for travel or childcare costs. However, anyone who quits after more than a week may lose their benefits for two weeks.
Critics of the scheme branded it slave labour.
By Andy Morton
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