ALMERIA: AN unemployed mother-of-three went on hunger strike after she was excluded from a job selection scheme because she was doing an unpaid training course.
Inmaculada Lopez’s only income is a monthly payment of €104.95 in minimum benefits from the Junta de Andalucia regional government. Desperate for the chance to earn a living, the Velez Rubio woman applied for a scheme designed to help the unemployed get back to work.
But the provincial Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment Department explained that Inmaculada was not included in the [email protected] scheme in Velez Rubio.
This was because she had been doing a free unpaid training course offered by Murcia Employment Agency and was therefore not registered as a job-seeker.
Once this was discovered, the woman was invited to renew her registration on the job-hunters’ register at the unemployment office so she would be informed if a vacancy became available.
However, unemployment office representatives stated that her registration had not been renewed.
Meanwhile, Inmaculada explained that although the town hall was next to the church doorway she had been protesting in since Friday, nobody from the council had bothered to approach her or offer help. It wasn’t until Monday that a councillor came along and offered to try and assist her.