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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.

We won’t stop until you do Homebase!

Posted: April 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Call to action, Name and shame | Tags: | 2 Comments »

This poster was leaked from the Haringey Homebase store.

Homebase boasted about cutting paid work with workfare. We can’t let them get away with it!

In the first of our weekly call outs for online workfare action, it’s time to show Homebase that we won’t settle for their PR guff!

Two weeks ago, it emerged that Homebase is taking on tens of workfare placements in their Haringey store: 750 hours of unpaid work in just one week in just one of Homebase’s 342 shops.

A week later, a Homebase poster was leaked: it showed managers boasting about how they have been able to cut the wages bill with workfare. Then a staff member told us what it had meant for staff: overtime cut for everyone and some people’s hours reduced cut from 48 down to 8.

People’s response has been immense, with loads of online pressure, people pledging to shop elsewhere, and pop-up demos outside their shops.

It’s obviously having an impact.

On Easter weekend, Homebase took their Facebook Page down at least three times because of the scale of response from the public. Since then they have deleted literally hundreds of comments.

Yesterday, Homebase posted a new statement, saying “While we review our local arrangements, we have decided to make no further commitment to the Job Centre work experience programme.” But that still leaves tens of workfare placements in their Haringey store and possibly elsewhere too.

Step up the pressure for every single person working in Homebase to be paid.

At their stores

A week of action has been called against Homebase, culminating in protests, leafleting and pickets at their stores this weekend. Why not print some leaflets and visit a store near you? Haringey Solidarity group put this poster, this poster and this leaflet together, which you might like to adapt and print. Let us know if you need help covering printing costs!

So far actions have been called in:

London on Saturday

London on Sunday

Bristol on Saturday

Bath on Sunday

Let us know what you plan and we’ll add it to the list!

Online

On Facebook (if they bring their page back again): facebook.com/homebase
On Twitter:
By email: order.enquiries@homebase.co.uk or info@homebase.co.uk or enquiries@homebase.co.uk
By phone: 0845 077 8888 or 0845 601 6911

Or contact the company they are owned by: The Home Retail Group.

By post

A clever project has been set up for people to write or send parcels to workfare users’ Freepost addresses. More info here.

…and if you’re in Liverpool, there’s a whole week of workfare fun planned next week.

Homebase has boasted about workfare reducing paid work. We can’t let them get away with it. After all, “If you exploit us, we will shut you down.”


2 Comments on “We won’t stop until you do Homebase!”

  1. 1 Obi Wan Kenobi said at 8:43 am on April 16th, 2013:

    Boycott Workfare, thought you might be interested in this:

    Underperforming Genesis back-to-work scheme wound up.

    A £36m back-to-work scheme is being wound up early because it has missed its targets, the Welsh government has confirmed.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-22151735

  2. 2 Birmingham Trades Council » Still no pay at the YMCA said at 2:29 am on April 25th, 2013:

    [...] failing (though of course to them this means they should be paid more for doing less). Online pressure and protests pushed Homebase to make another statement on its use of workfare but “no further [...]


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