Saturday, 13 July 2013

Bingo!

There's an amusing story in the Daily Mail today.  The people running A4e's office in Kirby had a syndicate gambling on the EuroMillions, and they recently won the £28.8m jackpot. 
There was none of this, "It won't change my way of life" nonsense.  The next day, no one turned up for work.  And who can blame them?  Unfortunately, one of the 11 members of the syndicate was off ill on the day the payments were collected, and now the rest of the syndicate won't pay her her share.  She's taking them to court.
The Mail reports: "Yesterday an A4e employee tweeted: ‘In recruitment hell....all our staff in Liverpool office have left after winning lottery.’ The tweet was removed a few hours later."  

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  1. Um, sounds like a good synopsis for series 3 of BBC 1's "The Syndicate". Would've loved to have been a fly on the wall of a4e's HR Dept!

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  2. I've already rejected 3 comments which say nasty things about the individuals involved. So don't do it.

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    1. Nothing to say then.

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  3. I don't understand why they just stopped working like that. Work isn't about money. Work is about pride and dignity and feeling superior to those that don't work.

    Anybody would think by their just walking out, that everything said by work programme providers isn't true.

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  4. Sick of the Work Programme13 July 2013 at 08:25

    Part of a comment I made which did not get published actually said something similar to this, although not disguised by sarcasm. How the winners behaved the day after the win does seem to somewhat contradict some of the core messages delivered by Work Programme providers.

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    1. Sarcasm is my natural reaction to the work programme. Before one appointment I got on my hands and knees in the middle of the office and started looking under desks. When somebody asked me what I was doing I said I was looking for the hidden job market.

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  5. The good news a4e Kirby will have vacancies, well for the immediate future!

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    1. Sick of the Work Programme13 July 2013 at 13:31

      Will people on the Work Programme be eligible, though? There was a job advertised not long ago at my local A4e- when one of the people on the Programme asked about it, she was told she could come back when she had got whatever specific qualification is required to work in that particular area (I think it's some sort of qualification in giving advice). However, there was no offer being made to send her on a course where she could gain such a qualification.

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  6. This just proves God doesnt exist:(

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  7. The thought of A4E staff wining a share of nearly 3million doesn't amuse me!

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  8. Perhaps they didn't see any long-term prospects or security in their jobs.
    Particularly if retaining their employment is dependent on hitting targets in a difficult economy. So they see it as better to quit on their own terms, rather than potentially losing their jobs later and having that as a stain on their CVs.

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    1. They won over £2 million each. Would you go into work?

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    2. £2 million won't last that long because they'll spend it on stuff, even if they don't spend excessively. The best way to manage a "small" amnt like that is to buy property and rent it out and keep working.
      I'd hand in my notice and work the notice period so that if I had to get a new job at least I got reasonable references from my last employer.

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    3. The question potential employers tend to ask is "Why did you leave your last job?" ..... lol Better to stay put and yes do as Polly suggests. I doubt they will so very silly.

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    4. You don't really mean that, with over £2 million in the bank, you would carry on working in a low-paid job? I certainly wouldn't.

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    5. Are a4e employees on low incomes then?

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    6. Did you read the Mail piece? The answer is, comparatively yes. Depends on the level in the organisation, of course.

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    7. Radio 2's Jeremy Vine show had a lady on who mentioned 12 to 20k. They also speculated about whether they had any written agreement in place and whether any such agreement had any legal standing.

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    8. All of which was in the piece I published a link to. Why do I bother?

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    9. Everybody's circumstances vary - 12k to me would be very nice thank you.

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    10. Should a wage depend on someone's circumstances? Don't bother to answer that, it's off-topic.

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  9. Perhaps they could become part of the Big Society, and open up a food bank in Kirby with their winnings.

    I think that the main lesson from this is that everybody on the work programme should participate in the national lottery. This is because the chance of getting a £2 million win on the lottery is much greater than getting a job with the work programme.

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    1. Sick of the Work Programme14 July 2013 at 14:32

      "I think that the main lesson from this is that everybody on the work programme should participate in the national lottery. This is because the chance of getting a £2 million win on the lottery is much greater than getting a job with the work programme."

      The sad thing is that, given current performance of the Work Programme, this isn't very far from the truth.

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    2. Very plausible, until the DWP decide to stop paying the unemployed in cash benefits and issue us with food stamps instead...

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    3. That's not the right attitude Simon!!!!

      Remember your work programme positive thinking training - Your attitude determines your altitude!

      The unemployed can always barter the food they get with the food stamps for lottery tickets.

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  10. I hope somebody posts some of the jokes that must be going around Liverpool about this.

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    1. just for the record I am from Liverpool and there are no 'jokes' going around. There is plenty of jealousy being exposed on this forum, I wish the winners the best of luck whatever they do with their money

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    2. And just for the record, I also wish them luck. But if you think that jealousy (I think "envy" might be a better word) is confined to this forum, you are deluded. Don't be so pious.

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  11. So much for the Tories 'Work sets you free' mantra! In modern Tory run Britain it's cold hard LOVELY cash that liberates you!

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