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Boycott Workfare is a UK-wide campaign to end forced unpaid work for people who receive welfare. Workfare profits the rich by providing free labour, whilst threatening the poor by taking away welfare rights if people refuse to work without a living wage. We are a grassroots campaign, formed in 2010 by people with experience of workfare and those concerned about its impact. We expose and take action against companies and organisations profiting from workfare; encourage organisations to pledge to boycott it; and actively inform people of their rights.

Take action this week!

Posted: December 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Call to action | 5 Comments »

A week of action kicks off on 8th December

Workfare now for sick and disabled people

Since Monday, sick and disabled people claiming ESA can now be forced to work without pay. As if this isn’t bad enough, many of their placements will be with the very charities which are meant to support disabled people. Charities such as Scope, Sense and British Heart Foundation are all profiting from workfare. See a longer list here and the full list here.

But what we do is having an impact: yesterday Age UK announced they were pulling out (although their independent stores may still be involved); Scope claims to be reviewing its involvement; British Heart Foundation has not pulled out completely, but has announced it is “stepping back”.

Replacing Christmas staff

We’ve had reports that Argos and Superdrug are systematically replacing paid Christmas staff with workfare. They’re not the only ones. Asda was definitely at it this time last year. We’ve heard from staff at Shoezone too.

If they exploit us, we will shut them down!

Take action this week

There’s loads of actions planned in the coming week. Find out what’s happening near you, and if there’s nothing announced yet, decide what you’d like to do!

Every action counts and there’s loads of things you can do as an individual. You could leave post-it messages in workfare-using shops; let people know their rights by leafleting outside Work Programme providers; or there’s more ideas on this page.

Please also keep up the pressure on British Heart Foundation to pull out entirely.

Here’s the list so far of actions happening in the coming week. But more are being announced so keep checking back, let us know what you plan and how it goes!

Saturday 8th actions:

Birmingham
Workfare’s Christmas Bonus For The Bosses

Brighton
Superdrug Steals Christmas

Dundee
Name and shame: The Dundee Workfare providers tour

Edinburgh
Say No! To Unpaid Labour

Glasgow
Anti-Workfare Picket Against Superdrug

Leeds
The Leeds Tour of Workfare

Liverpool
Combat Workfare

London
North London Solidarity Federation
Combat Workfare National Day of Action

London
South London Solidarity Federation
END UNPAID WORK

Wednesday 12th action:
London
Anti-Workfare surprise party

Friday 14th:
London end of year social at LARC

Saturday 15th
Kings Lynn

Workfare is the enforced labour of claimants. It denigrates workers and lessens the chance of full time paid positions. Several companies in our area are involved in this practice, for more info visit
boycottworkfare.org and see the lists of current perpetrators.

A “Walk of Shame” will be organised in King’s Lynn, on the 15th December, would you like to be involved?
We will meet outside the ironically named Topshop, and moving on from there soon after.

The action should take approximately 1-2 hours and will be fun, with a little mischief but absolutely nothing illegal. We will be visiting various locations, but on our way we will be passing several
‘targets of opportunity’ such as the tax-dodging Vodafone, and venting our spleen.

Our current regime needs to know that the people want jobs, not workfare, and the public need to be informed honestly about all the implications of this vile scheme. Please come along, bring your game face, attitude and humour. I promise you a good time, and the chance to be involved in an action that really does make a difference.

For more info and your preferred date please contact me at: pierre.lapin[at]ymail.com

Brighton
Mystery anti-workfare event

York Sat 15th, 12pm, Ryedale House, Piccadilly, York, YO1 9PE. Please invite friends to their Boycott Workfare Facebook event.

Staines - Meet at 12pm at WHSmiths, Staines on Saturday 15th December for the pickets.


5 Comments on “Take action this week!”

  1. 1 Mand M said at 8:04 pm on December 7th, 2012:

    Well lets hope they listen but i doubt they give two you know whats for any of it and if you care to take a look at a couple of articles on the Morning Star website ( no i am not a subscriber but sometimes they have some good articles) one entitled Beware..Goldman Sachs Sucks and you will find they are involved through the S.I B wheeze,social in vestment bond….and the other is the rose tinted work programme…NOW we know just how they had it all planned and the banks..remember those who got us iin the bloody mess in the first place…are now so deeply involved that nothing short of a full scale …begins with R that word..will get rid.
    Now will somebody please tell me this isnt planned slavery and a very international social coupe de tat.
    This really is a war we have to win and its not just about workfare anymore..read the articles and you will see its us and them..ALL in it together yea of course if that means collusion and fraud of the people then they are all in it together..we aint invited….unless we are there to serve and clear up thier crap……read the articles and tell me i am wrong….

  2. 2 mandm said at 8:19 pm on December 7th, 2012:

    Oh and if you think that workfare is only for the unemployed well check out Goves barely mentioned scam the so called Studio School….school kids on bloody workfare basically dressed up as education…take notice of how they are set up and by whom…BIG BIG companies……workfare the NEW slavery not just for adults but for kids too…..

  3. 3 The Conservation ‘Volunteers’ Who Are Forced To Work Unpaid | the void said at 11:35 pm on December 13th, 2012:

    [...] part of the Week of Action Against Workfare Charities contact TCV this Friday 14th December and help expose the charity’s dirty little workfare secrets [...]

  4. 4 UK Uncut and Boycott Workfare Demonstrations in Birmingham – Reports and Photos | Birmingham Against The Cuts said at 9:15 am on December 18th, 2012:

    [...] workfare schemes in response to demonstrations and discussion. These groups show that we can win. The campaign against workfare continues this week, with demonstrations in London and online actions. Anon West Midlands are also holding a flashmob [...]

  5. 5 hilary said at 11:26 pm on January 16th, 2013:

    We must spread the word and work together to spread and stop these illegal practices (name and shame)


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