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Friday, 25 September 2009
Make Beer Not War
If you work for the jobcentre, you are blocked from looking up pub and brewery websites. Good thing, most people might say, civil servants should be working, not planning their next pub crawl. Fair enough, but what if you are helping a job seeker find work in, say, Wetherspoons, and they want to know more about the company? Still blocked, as are the websites of many other beer-related companies, including Greene King, Revolution Bars, Charles Wells, Youngs and Timothy Taylors. Some companies have signed local Employer Partnerships with jobcentres, or in the case of the bookies Ladbrokes (also blocked), a national Employer Partnership. These are obviously not partnerships of equals as it is impossible for jobcentre staff to access the recruitment pages of these companies' websites, even though PubCos and (in some towns) breweries can provide a significant number of jobs. At a time of rising unemployment too.
Beer may tend to corrupt the tender morals of DWP management, but their ethical prudishness does not extend to weapons: if your job seeker wants to work for BAE Systems creating weapons of mass destruction, you can log straight on.