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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.

Matalan, 99p Stores and Tesco’s: Campaign update!

Posted: February 18th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Action report, Name and shame | Tags: , , , | 4 Comments »

The public backlash against workfare, and the organisations who are making millions by forcing people to work unpaid for them, continues to gather momentum.

Matalan has suspended its involvement with workfare pending an internal inquiry. Let’s keep up the pressure for them to suspend their involvement permanently. Tesco’s are claiming they are trying to get the government to change its workfare policy, by getting them to remove the threat of ‘sanctions’, for people who er.. ‘volunteer’ to work in their stores. Wouldn’t it be easier if Tesco’s just paid the people working in its stores? Read our statement on Tesco’s position and contact them to keep up the pressure.

We hope Tesco’s see sense soon, and follow the example of 99p Stores. Citing negative publicity, 99p Store’s are withdrawing from workfare, having not yet taken on a single worker through the scheme.

To all those organisations that we are currently in dialogue with, please, we would urge you to do the right thing, and publicly confirm you will stop using workfare. Forcing people to work for you and not paying wages is wrong. By taking part in workfare you are contaminating your brand and politicising it.

To those companies and organisations who are considering whether to pull out, and to those that plan to carry on regardless and profit from forced unpaid labour, ask yourselves…….can you really afford workfare?

Do the right thing. Boycott exploitation. Boycott workfare.

Our thanks to everyone for their ongoing support of the campaign! Take a look at how you can help here.

Or use this text and this handy list compiled by a supporter to contact the stores which are still involved:

https://www.tescohelp.com/tesco/forms/cs_form.html
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/StaticDisplay/includeName/ContactUs.htm
enquiries@primark.co.uk
http://your.asda.com/contact-us
cs@matalanonline.co.uk
customerservices@hollandandbarrett.com
http://www.royalmail.com/report-a-problem
customercare@maplin.co.uk
http://www.booker.co.uk/help/guestfeedbackform.aspx
http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/Aboutus/Contact-us.html
http://www.burgerking.co.uk/contact-us
http://www.poundland.co.uk/enquiry/customer-enquiry/
https://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContactUs?catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&krypto=1W5XNcaiODDn4QR2OWLnAg%3D%3D&ddkey=http:ContactUs
http://www.boots.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContactView?storeId=10052&type=
http://www.bhs.co.uk/mall/Infopageviewer.cfm/bhsstore/contactus
https://www.burton.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContactUs?catalogId=33052&storeId=12551&krypto=1W5XNcaiODDn4QR2OWLnAg%3D%3D&ddkey=http:ContactUs
https://www.dorothyperkins.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContactUs?catalogId=33053&storeId=12552&krypto=1W5XNcaiODDn4QR2OWLnAg%3D%3D&ddkey=http:ContactUs
https://www.evans.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContactUs?catalogId=33054&storeId=12553&krypto=1W5XNcaiODDn4QR2OWLnAg%3D%3D&ddkey=http:ContactUs
HMV – difficult to find email contact, all by phone – 0845 901 1122 or possibly website.service@hmv.co.uk
http://www.hiexpress.com/brand/ex/gb/en/customercare.html
getintouch@greggs.co.uk
https://www.missselfridge.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContactUs?catalogId=33055&storeId=12554&krypto=1W5XNcaiODDn4QR2OWLnAg%3D%3D&ddkey=http:ContactUs
http://www.pizzahut.co.uk/restaurants/faqs.aspx
ed@poundstretcher.co.uk
customerservices@savers.co.uk
http://www.superdrug.com/help+info/contact-us/page/contactus/x
https://www.topman.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContactUs?storeId=12555&catalogId=33056&krypto=1W5XNcaiODDn4QR2OWLnAg%3D%3D&ddkey=http:ContactUs
https://www.wallis.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ContactUs?catalogId=33058&storeId=12557&krypto=1W5XNcaiODDn4QR2OWLnAg%3D%3D&ddkey=http:ContactUs
http://www.whsmith.co.uk/Support/HelpContactUsWHSmith.aspx
customer.services@wilko.co.uk


4 Comments on “Matalan, 99p Stores and Tesco’s: Campaign update!”

  1. 1 ann archibald said at 1:17 pm on February 18th, 2012:

    ” Arbeit Macht Frei” This is all that’s missing from this Government’s plan for the future welfare of this country. Hang your heads in shame all you who elected them.

  2. 2 Dave said at 5:46 pm on February 18th, 2012:

    Tesco have tried on their facebook page to keep inferring that the ‘job’ listing on jobseekers.direct.gov.uk that caused the initial furore was an isolated “IT Error” and this is the spin they have fed to the mainstream press.

    I have looked into this on jobseekers.direct.gov.uk etc and it is far from the case. The following Tesco work placement/experience ‘opportunities’ are on there currently and were added in last 30 days or so :-

    HVE/14583
    SAB/26264
    BGN/10003
    WOF/22786
    BAL/77596
    ESB/24447
    SWC/92560
    STQ/19899
    BEG/43000
    RIG/29221
    KIB/20033

    All are in very simliar vein to the original ‘job’ listing they removed (BSD/27442) once it was spotted and the furore started. Get the word out about this and keep the pressure up everyone.

  3. 3 Dave said at 5:49 pm on February 18th, 2012:

    Tesco have tried on their facebook page to keep inferring that the ‘job’ listing on jobseekers.direct.gov.uk that caused the initial furore was an isolated “IT Error” and this is the spin they have fed to the mainstream press..

    I have looked into this on jobseekers.direct.gov.uk etc and it is far from the case. The following Tesco work placement/experience opportunities are on there currently and were added in last 30 days or so :-

    HVE/14583
    SAB/26264
    BGN/10003
    WOF/22786
    BAL/77596
    ESB/24447
    SWC/92560
    STQ/19899
    BEG/43000
    RIG/29221
    KIB/20033

    All are in very simliar vein to the original ‘job’ listing they removed (BSD/27442) once it was spotted and the furore started. Get the word out about this and keep the pressure up ! Well done everybody !

  4. 4 David Smith said at 7:47 pm on February 18th, 2012:

    Tesco have tried on their facebook page to keep inferring that the ‘job’ listing on jobseekers.direct.gov.uk that caused the initial furore was an isolated “IT Error” and this is the spin they have fed to the mainstream press.

    I have looked into this on jobseekers.direct.gov.uk etc and it is far from the case. The following Tesco work placement/experience ‘opportunities’ are on there currently and were added in last 30 days or so :-

    HVE/14583
    SAB/26264
    BGN/10003
    WOF/22786
    BAL/77596
    ESB/24447
    SWC/92560
    STQ/19899
    BEG/43000
    RIG/29221
    KIB/20033

    All are in very simliar vein to the original ‘job’ listing they removed (BSD/27442) once it was spotted and the furore started. Get the word out about this and keep the pressure up !
    Well done the protestors today at Tesco Westminster!


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