Factory work

I AM an unemployed man living in Cwmbran who is trying desperately to get work in one of the local factories, however I have found that nowadays all the local factories recruit their workforce through recruitment agencies. I have registered with several of these agencies but have not been given any work (or been offered casual work as and when required which is of no use because I need to have a regular income coming in so as to pay the rent/food/gas/electric etc). How I long for the good old days when a factory would advertise a vacancy in the South Wales Argus or in the local Jobcentre and interview potential candidates then employ them. Oh well, nostalgia aside, I can only keep on trying to find a local job let’s hope that one of these recruitment agencies reads my letter and decides to give me a start somewhere soon.

Michael John Shephard Forgeside Cwmbran

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7:21pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Mervyn James says...

Yes agencies are a bane to us all. They head hunt the best and take a percentage, so employers get what they want,and do not have to go through the sifting through CV's etc or interviews. The only jobs on offer in the Job centres are for those they CANNOT place or very low skilled/zero hours nonsense. I recall a survey undertaken 6 years ago 9 out of 10 'agencies' blocked any disabled person going to them, even using premises that were inaccessible to deter the disabled applicants, their secret being they located offices in premises that could not be adapted for disabled use, thus effectively freezing those applicants out.

If I e.g. as a deaf person went to ANY of these agencies, not one would be there to provide the basic comms access I would need at the start to apply for any position. There seems some grey area in that agencies are NOT subject to the same laws the job centres are as well. In a major charity of deaf people they simply did not advertise jobs at all but went through private agencies' and the old boys network thus ensuring no deaf could apply, nor knew the jobs were in the offing, not a single corporate position goes through the Job Centre or for senior staff, it's not for hoi polloi like us ! we need these agencies investigated, regardless of access, if they provide a 'service' then access has to go with it by LAW, we need to target them, set a few precedents and close them down if they don't comply, don't get mad,get even I say.. Even an interview has to be accessible. regardless if you get a job or not. They can be fined for trying to get around that, AND, that applies to able-bodied too.
Yes agencies are a bane to us all. They head hunt the best and take a percentage, so employers get what they want,and do not have to go through the sifting through CV's etc or interviews. The only jobs on offer in the Job centres are for those they CANNOT place or very low skilled/zero hours nonsense. I recall a survey undertaken 6 years ago 9 out of 10 'agencies' blocked any disabled person going to them, even using premises that were inaccessible to deter the disabled applicants, their secret being they located offices in premises that could not be adapted for disabled use, thus effectively freezing those applicants out. If I e.g. as a deaf person went to ANY of these agencies, not one would be there to provide the basic comms access I would need at the start to apply for any position. There seems some grey area in that agencies are NOT subject to the same laws the job centres are as well. In a major charity of deaf people they simply did not advertise jobs at all but went through private agencies' and the old boys network thus ensuring no deaf could apply, nor knew the jobs were in the offing, not a single corporate position goes through the Job Centre or for senior staff, it's not for hoi polloi like us ! we need these agencies investigated, regardless of access, if they provide a 'service' then access has to go with it by LAW, we need to target them, set a few precedents and close them down if they don't comply, don't get mad,get even I say.. Even an interview has to be accessible. regardless if you get a job or not. They can be fined for trying to get around that, AND, that applies to able-bodied too. Mervyn James
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1:32am Sat 15 Mar 14

smokintheweed says...

Merv

You've hijacked a very valid point and turned it into a deaf issue. Shame on you. I'm sure it is important to you but not to the majority.
Merv You've hijacked a very valid point and turned it into a deaf issue. Shame on you. I'm sure it is important to you but not to the majority. smokintheweed
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