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Unpaid Poundland work breaches my human rights, claims graduate

An unemployed graduate has said being forced to stack shelves in a back-to-work scheme was akin to “slave labour” and breached her human rights.

Cait Reilly (23) only agreed to do the work experience at Poundland under “menace of penalty” and said the work did not contribute to the public interest in any way as the chain was a successful private company.

A graduate of geology, Miss Reilly’s lawyers said she was pulled away from her “important museum-based voluntary work” and forced to take “unpaid menial work” at the shop, near her home in King’s Heath, Birmingham.

Arriving at the High Court in London yesterday, Miss Reilly said: “Forcing people to work for free does nothing to tackle causes of long-term unemployment,” according to the Daily Express.

Belfast Telegraph