Phillip Armitage was recently interviewed by Nick Ferrari on LBC Radio about the £1 an hour wages in immigration detention centres shortly after Baroness Williams defended the work as “entirely voluntary”.
Phillip discusses the ten detainees that Duncan Lewis have been working with, who are unhappy at being paid so little to do work that is essential to the maintenance of the detention centres. Although the work is “voluntary”, Phillip highlights that detainees need the extra money to buy essentials from the shop, and to pay for phone credit to contact their family.
Rather than the work being offered to relieve the detainees of boredom, as is claimed, Phillip argues that it is in place so the centres do not have to hire external staff to do the menial work. Duncan Lewis are making a legal case to say that setting the wage rate at £1 is irrational, it is unlawful to impose a maximum wage, and more flexibility is needed in the system.
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