Thursday, August 9, 2012

Prisoners paid £15 a day to man phones in solar panel call centre, but union boss says move has cost jobs

Prisoners are being paid £15 a day to work in a call centre selling ‘green’ solar panels and home insulation to the public.

The inmates reportedly include a killer and a fraudster, and customers will have no idea they are talking to a serving prisoner.

The Ministry of Justice has struck a controversial deal to give the inmates work experience at the South Wales environmental roofing company Becoming Green.

They are taken by bus 21 miles from Prescoed prison near Usk in Monmouthshire to work in the company’s telephone sales division in Cardiff. Read More