Action across the UK

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Workfare: doesn’t work and not fair. Photo: Howard Jones

Across the UK people are finding creative and effective ways to bring down workfare. Here’s a flavour of some of the things that have happened recently:

* On 31st March, shops using workfare were targeted on high streets in over 20 locations across the UK

* In Birmingham, guided “Workfare walk of shame” actions have put pressure on local store managers and engaged the public. Read their guide to organising a walk on your high street here.

* In Liverpool, there’s been two actions in the last fortnight.

* After years of struggle, Edinburgh Claimants have won the right to be accompanied to meetings with A4E.

* Brighton Benefits Campaign have picketed their local A4E.

* In London, Chris Grayling had to find an alternative entrance (we suspect through the rubbish area) to an event entitled “Putting employers at the heart of the Work Programme”.

* On Mayday, high street stores which profit from workfare were again the target of protests.

Coming up…

26 May: National conference – How do we break workfare?

A conference is being hosted by Brighton Benefits Campaign on the 26th May where campaigners and activists will meet to discuss How Do We Break Workfare?  Full details here.

This Tuesday: Boycott Workfare meeting in London

7pm, Tuesday 8th May, Italian Trade Union Centre, 124 Canonbury Road, London N1 2UT (just a few minutes walk from Highbury & Islington station). If you can’t make it, but would like to feed in ideas or thoughts beforehand, please email us: info[at]

10 May strike

Job centre staff union PCS and others from Unite and NIPSA will be on strike over pensions on 10th May. A good chance to talk to people on picket lines about the threat that workfare poses to all. Download our trade union leaflet here.

Other dates? Let us know and we’ll help spread the word on our blog / facebook / twitter.

Or take a look at more ideas for helping to stop workfare.


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