On Monday, Boycott Workfare members discovered Body Shop was taking multiple workfare workers on their local high street, while according to the manager “larger stores take more”. A few days later and Body Shop have announced the following on Facebook:
It’s not The Body Shop policy to support Workfare, but a few isolated incidents of store participation has come to light this week. The stores will be brought back in line with our national approach shortly and there will be no further participation from The Body Shop.
This is great news for those compelled to work without pay in their stores. Now let’s make sure we hold them to it! If you have five minutes to pop into your local store this week and check that they are not taking “work placements” from the job centre or your local work programme providers, please do. (Then let us know!)
In just a couple of hours going door to door on one High Street we named and shamed Body Shop, Shoe Zone and Dorothy Perkins. Online action by campaigners increased the pressure on Body Shop. You can help stop workfare by doing the same on your high street and online. See our top tips for high street sleuthing here!