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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.

Leaked email: Whose job is next?

Posted: October 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Info on schemes, Welfare to work industry | 8 Comments »

As the week of action against workfare begins, Boycott Workfare can reveal an email sent by a subcontractor for the new Community Work Placements, a six month workfare scheme. It exposes how workfare is being marketed to employers as a way of replacing paid jobs. It also exposes the smoke and mirrors involved, with people mandated to workfare referred to both as “unpaid employees” and “volunteers”.

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If you are in paid work, that list of potential roles should worry you: at the moment these are paid jobs. After Ixion Holdings have offered “large numbers of [volunteers] to cover the same job role or to cover different departments”, why would any unscrupulous employer keep paying people to do them?

We know that workfare means less paid work for everyone. Take Homebase or 2 Sisters’ workfare pizza factory as examples.

But the good news is that our action can make an impact. We have already delayed the roll-out of Community Work Placements. We are also chipping away at the placement hosts, making sure they know the real facts and public opposition to workfare. So far:

  • Byteback IT pulled out after George Osbourne’s visit brought their involvement to public attention
  • Invicta have pulled out following public pressure
  • Traid have cancelled 10 placements in Haringey, which they say were taken on in contravention of national policy
  • Cancer Research UK cancelled their CWP placements in Edinburgh after Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty contacted CRUK. They claimed the Edinburgh CRUK depot that was participating was doing so against charity policy, although they also stated that the charity does take Work Experience placements.
  • Age UK were listed as CWP placement brokers for G4S in Merseyside. After criticism, their name was removed without explanation.

Help build an even bigger impact. Take part in the week of action this week: at one of the many actions across the UK or by joining in with the online actions, Monday to Friday.

8 Comments on “Leaked email: Whose job is next?”

  1. 1 moira said at 4:23 pm on October 5th, 2014:

    European social funding. The Tories turned down money for food banks from the European social fund and said money should be used instead for getting people into work. So is this what they are spending the money offered for food on ? Disgusting. Wonder if F.O.I request will reveal.

  2. 2 Raymond O'Brien said at 8:27 pm on October 5th, 2014:

    Shocking how they want to treat people.

  3. 3 dee braveheart said at 2:09 pm on October 6th, 2014:

    shocking totally shocking there are ppl who are desperate to work but for a wage so they can support their families yes there is a place in the work force for volunteers but not at the expense of paid employment> I am looking to return to work but had no qualifications and started volunteering and I have now been approached by a national organisation for a management post which i do not have qualifications on paper but it is sim to my volunteer role

  4. 4 @badputty said at 3:10 pm on October 6th, 2014:

    I am so glad Invicta pulled out, because as you are probably aware they lashed out at me & others that didn’t agree with their acceptance of workfare.

  5. 5 chris booth said at 3:36 pm on October 6th, 2014:

    can see why they want to get rid of the human rights act

  6. 6 a harding said at 6:56 pm on October 8th, 2014:

    I see they have English language teacher on the list first one has to be a qualified teacher then one must become TEFAL qualified before you can teach it’s not something any one can do with out qualification. I think OFSTES needs to be shown this it’s one thing to become a volunteer it’s another to be forced in to it, it is called slavery and last I heard it’s against the law.

  7. 7 Nick said at 10:52 pm on October 8th, 2014:

    During my time on the New Deal programme “at the beginning of the century”, I was focused on self employment but was delayed for months by the “training provider”. Part of this was a series of interviews where they tried to persuade me to take on a work experience position. I told them I doubted the scheme would be fair and free of abuse but I guess the £-signs were in their eyes, for them to keep pushing it.

    I eventually became self-employed (and still am), but never had any follow-up from the training provider.

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