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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 Against The Green Charities Profiteering From Workfare

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Call to action | 3 Comments »
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Environmental charities The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) and Groundwork UK are two of the biggest workfare exploiters in the UK.  Both accept forced labour placements, often to carry out hard, outdoor, physical work, and both have lucrative contracts to manage workfare schemes.
 
Both charities have been invited by the DWP to help run Community Work Placements – the upcoming mass workfare scheme which involves a shocking 780 hours of unpaid work.  As some more enlightened charities have stated these placements are not volunteering.  Anyone who refuses one of these unpaid positions will face brutal benefit sanctions.  
 
Groundwork receive huge amounts of tax payer’s money already from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) [1] and the National Lottery.  Unlike other organisations they have remained silent about their use of forced labour despite repeated criticism on social media.  With the Government paying their bills, they are more like a workfare Quango than a real charity.
 
Both charities however do not just rely on the government funding to survive, but also the goodwill of genuine volunteers, community groups and partners.  As part of the week of action, let’s make sure everyone knows about their dirty little workfare secrets.
 
Groundwork are on twitter  and facebook them here 
 
You can email them at: info@groundwork.org.uk
Tel: 0121 236 8565
 
Groundwork have local branches throughout the UK.  To find contact details for the nearest visit: http://www.groundwork.org.uk/Page/map
 
The Conservation Volunteers are on twitter  and facebook them here 
 
Email them at: information@tcv.org.uk
Tel: 01302 388 883
 
To find your local TCV office visit this website
 
But please note: Whilst it’s well worth trying to speak to a manager or senior individual if possible please bear in mind most people taking calls/emails will be low paid retail/admin staff and could even be on workfare themselves. Be aware that is an offence to make telephone calls or send communications which are threatening, indecent or offensive.
 
[1] This article was amended on 5th April to correct this sentence, which mistakenly stated that Groundwork receive funding from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).  The correct Government department is the DCLG. Groundwork have received DEFRA funding in the past – despite a recent denial – and now say that the DCLG funding has stopped. This doesn’t mean that Groundwork are not a workfare quango: they receive huge sums of public money from the lottery and the DWP, and in their 2012/13 Annual Report said that:
It is recognised that, in the short term, the financial security of Groundwork is dependent on the organisation’s charitable aims demonstrating that they contribute to the priorities of central and local government. (pdf, p. 11).

3 Comments on “Take Action Against The Green Charities Profiteering From Workfare”

  1. 1 Cuntservatives Yay said at 5:26 pm on April 2nd, 2014:

    So every single person they fuck over with this bollocks, they’re screwing them out of, at BARE MINIMUM, £4,000 of well deserved and much needed money.
    £2,800 if you mistakenly imagine that your benefits are your wage and that you haven’t been paying fucking taxes your whole life to cover it.

  2. 2 Meet The Green Workfare Charity Boss Who Also Runs A Biotech Firm And Builds On Greenbelt Land | Hastings Anarchists said at 6:09 pm on April 3rd, 2014:

    […] Lawson is the Chairman of the Groundwork Federation, an organisation currently the target of anti-workfare protests.  Groundwork are a ‘green’ charity, who boast on their website of ‘helping people create […]

  3. 3 Jeff said at 7:28 pm on April 3rd, 2014:

    I note that the insurance company Aviva is one of the organisations Groundwork is “proud” to have as a partner.

    “Whatever your size or location, we can help to bring your corporate social responsibility agenda to life and help you to deliver on your social and environmental goals.”

    Aviva is being investigated for mis-selling life insurance. It could be worse, they could force benefit claimants to work for nothing!

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/city-watchdogs-investigate-mis-selling-scandal-3303448


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