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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.

Leaflet to help shut down new workfare scheme

Posted: March 25th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Call to action, Info on schemes | 3 Comments »


During the Week of Action against Workfare (29th March – 6th April) actions will take place across the UK to stop workfare and the new 6 month workfare scheme being introduced called ‘Community Work Placements’. Actions are already planned in Brighton, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Liverpool. We have also created the above leaflet that we encourage people to hand out at Job Centres – along with our ‘Know Your Rights’ info. As placements are meant to begin in late April this leaflet will help us find out the first places taking this latest, and longest, workfare scheme, helping us put an end to the ‘Community Work Placements’ before they have even properly get started. The recent statement by the Salvation Army where they announce they will not get involved in the new scheme (but sadly keep their involvement in all the others *boos*) demonstrates the effect exposing and taking action against workfare users has.

Here you can get the pdf of the leaflet (print on A4 and cut in half to get two A5 leaflets). If you are unable to print your own flyers get in touch with with the amount you want and an address and we will send you them (along with know your rights leaflets if you wanted). Send us photos or reports of how the leafleting has gone and any information you find out from speaking to people!

3 Comments on “Leaflet to help shut down new workfare scheme”

  1. 1 David Adam said at 3:59 pm on March 25th, 2014:

    April 1st will see a joint demo by Atos National Demo II and the Scottish Unemployed Workers Network (SUWN.) The first series of protests, with a day of action called by Atos National Demo, held on the 19th February, saw over 100 joint protests outside Atos assessment centres. Demo also supported by Glasgow Against Atos. END THE WAR ON WELFARE.

  2. 2 Mark said at 7:11 pm on March 26th, 2014:

    Leeds city council are using people on mandatory work activity, at potternewton park leeds.

  3. 3 jj joop said at 1:06 pm on March 27th, 2014:

    Signed on today and asked about CPWs. I was told it is supposed to start in April but they (JCP) have had no official notification yet. They’ve only be told it will be three tier: 6 month workfare, daily signings or intensive help for people with literacy/numeracy problems.

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