What does 2015 hold?
Over the next few weeks, we’re having a proper think about the most effective ways to take on workfare and sanctions in 2015. We’d like your ideas and creativity to help us plan ahead!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on this article by Wednesday 4th February. We’ve got some thoughts on the questions below and would love to hear your thinking on any of them too. Please feel free to think wider as well!
- What are workfare’s weaknesses at the moment that can be exploited?
- What can we do to step up the challenge to benefit sanctions?
- How do we challenge the wider normalisation of unpaid work?
- When should forthcoming weeks of action take place? Who do you think they should target and why?
- What would inspire more people to get involved in the fight against workfare and sanctions?
- Do you have ideas of ways to expose and challenge the fact that all the major parties have a pro-workfare stance during the election?
- When and where should the next national gathering of groups taking action on welfare take place? Can you help make it happen?
- If you’re a local activist or going through workfare, how can we best support you?
- If you’ve used Boycott Workfare’s website or leaflets, or been in touch by email or twitter, what has helped? What’s been missing?
- Any other thoughts?
Most importantly, if you have skills or time to offer to make these ideas happen, please let us know. Wherever you are based, let’s find ways to use everyone’s energy to fight workfare and sanctions!
With the Sanctions Inquiry taking place at the moment (final oral evidence hearing on 4 February), it’s an important time to shout about why benefit sanctions must be brought to an end without exception.
This chilling account of the culture of sanctioning in Jobcentres is an important reminder of why.
Though it’s clear the inquiry won’t come to the conclusion it should – that all sanctions should be abolished – we think it’s important that our voices are heard. Boycott Workfare put in a submission to the Inquiry. Can you help use it as an opportunity to influence those who help sustain workfare and sanctions or could do more to challenge them? More here.
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