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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.

Join the physical or online blockade of the Salvation Army!

Posted: April 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Call to action, Charities | 5 Comments »
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Workfare: If you exploit us we will shut you down!

Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty will be holding another of their regular and extremely successful blockades of the Salvation Army on Saturday morning from 11am onwards.

Join in with an online blockade of the Salvation Army’s social media and let them know what you think of their prolific and unashamed use of forced unpaid labour.

Make your feelings known and you may even get to join the prestigious ‘Banned by the Salvation Army over workfare related comments’ facebook group.

Although the Salvation Army are steering clear of the government’s latest workfare programme, the 6 month long Community Work Placements, they are still major users of workfare, taking part in Mandatory Work Activity and the Work Programme. The Salvation Army have expressed their support for workfare for sick and disabled people using the disturbing phrase “emancipation through employment”. Their enthusiastic support of workfare has won them praise from the government last year that they were ‘holding the line’ as other organisations were dropping out of the schemes due to public outrage.

We will keep the pressure on until they fully withdraw from all workfare schemes which threaten people with benefit sanctions of up to 3 years, causing hunger and homelessness.

Contact the Salvation Army UK on Facebook and on Twitter: 

They can be telephoned on (020) 7367 4500 or emailed at: info@salvationarmy.org.uk

The Salvation Army’s youth section are on facebook here.


5 Comments on “Join the physical or online blockade of the Salvation Army!”

  1. 1 Ghost Whistler said at 11:36 am on April 6th, 2014:

    This is really inspiring. Well done.

    I have just been discharged from the Work Programme run by Salvation Army Employment Plus. Complete waste of time and some of the staff were absolute scumbags.

  2. 2 Jeff said at 5:30 pm on April 6th, 2014:

    Great protest!

    It is important that the public realizes the depths to which the Salvation Army will stoop to secure well-paid jobs for their members. Much of their income must be derived from activities that result in benefit claimants being sanctioned.

    Here is an interesting article about Kettering Textiles – the Salvation Army’s collection contractor. Millions of pounds in directors’ salaries had been paid out.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2012/apr/02/salvation-army-buys-recycling-company

  3. 3 Mike said at 2:26 pm on April 23rd, 2014:

    “Emancipation through employment”, is that the new “Arbeit macht frei”?

  4. 4 NEIL McBAIN said at 11:20 am on May 24th, 2014:

    THE ONLY WAY TO STOP WORKEFARE
    AND SANCTIONS AGAINST UNEMLOYMENT BENEFIT and ESA MEDICALS

    IS FOR AT LEAST 100,000 peaple on sickness and UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT
    TO MARCH ON THE PALACE OF WESTMINSTER AND STAY THERE UNTIL WE DIE OF COLD AND HUNGER
    OR UNTIL THE GOVERMENT ABOLISH THESE PUNITIVE PROGAMMES ON VULNERABLE INNOCENT PEAPLE
    PERMANENTLY AND INTRODUCE NEW CONSTITIONAL SAFEGUARDS TO PROTECT PEAPLE ON BENEFITS IN FUTURE AGAINST THIS CRIMINAL ABUSE OF POLITICAL POWER

    NEITHER THE GOVERMENT OR THE TAXPAYER THEY CLAIM SO ERNESTLY TO REPRESENT (WHICH I SERIOUSLY DOUBT) HAVE THE RIGHT TO INTIMIDATE AND PERSECUTE INNOCENT VULNERABLE PEAPLE AMONGST THE POOR ,THE SICK AND THE UNEMPLOYED
    can anyone contact me as to their opinion
    of my idea?

    Neil McBain

  5. 5 Anon, Embra said at 3:37 pm on July 1st, 2014:

    For what it’s worth SATCoL Earl Grey Street (the shop pictured) no longer take part in the MWA program. I was one of the last people to leave the program, and as far as I know the remainder of their current staff are actual volunteers.

    I know other local SA shops still do but I’m also aware of a move by district management (and murmurs at a national level) to distance themselves from the MWA program by no longer taking part.

    Wishing to remain anon because as much I admire BW’s missions the demos can get a bit out of hand, with a few… extreme elements, however the site admins are more than welcome to contact me for more info.


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