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Contact workfare exploiter Salvation Army – Day 2 Workfare Week of Action

Salvation Army International and UK HQs were paid a surprise visit to launch the week of action. [Photo: Sinister Pics]

Salvation Army International and UK HQs were paid a surprise visit to launch the week of action. [Photo: Sinister Pics]

Join the online day of action on Tuesday 19th March and tell workfare exploiters The Salvation Army exactly what the public think about their use of forced labour.

The Salvation Army released an astonishing statement recently which seems to suggest they will force people on sickness or disability benefits into unpaid work.

In a series of answers to questions asked on social media, the charity are unrepentant about their use of workfare. Responding to a question asking how they “can morally take sick and disabled people and force them to work?” the charity reply that they believe in “emancipation through employment” – a chillingly familiar phrase.

The Salvation Army have shown they are happy to act as Iain Duncan Smith’s workfare foot soldiers and yesterday their fight for the right to use unpaid workers was aggressive. The response to a peaceful protest at their UK head office was heavy handed, leaving one person temporarily arrested (until the police realised the accusation was entirely fabricated) after being falsely accused of assault.

Salvation Army need to be shown just how many people object to their use of forced unpaid labour. Join in the online day of action and tell them what you think!

Salvation Army UK can be contacted on facebook and on Twitter:

They can be telephoned on (020) 7367 4500 or emailed at: info@salvationarmy.org.uk

The Salvation Army’s youth section are on facebook here.

The Salvation Army’s International Headquarters were much more receptive to our protest on Monday. Encourage them to step up the pressure on the Salvation Army in the UK on facebook here and on Twitter:

To tell Salvation Army branches round the world what is being done in their name in the UK find twitter details here.

Please tweet, blog, share and spread the word!

Join the National Week of Action Against Workfare now taking place.

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Jeff

Well done to all who took part in the peaceful protest. A great pity, though, that the Salvation Army made a false allegation of assault to the police. They lack scruples.

Tony Hemphill

workfare is legal slavery and the salvation army should be ashamed of their selfs, the dwp are making people with serious illnesses work and in some cases dying,this is the most evil government ever and after thatcher i never thought i would ever say that

Milla James

Q: Where is the evidence that The Salvation Army is making a profit from workfare?
Q: Why were you filming on private property without permission?
Q: Why did you disturb members of the public (me included) having lunch in a public cafe at the International Headquarters?

jeffery davies

are they upset bloody good they are nicks friends supping with the devil but seem not to now this but then greed does funny things to people jeff3

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yagga

If the salvation army support the freemason
politicians, let it reflect the corruption.

Jj

@Milla

Nobody said they were making a profit, they were saying that they were acting irreconcilably with their principles as a charity.
Workfare can can is used by for-profit organisations to boost profits by mitigating wage obligations. Just because a non-profit organisation uses the same model of staffing does not obfuscate the immorality attached.

Yes, filming without consent in a private setting is wrong, however, you will find that in time, the filming will not even be remembered as the wrongful action that day.
This is not a popular scheme and charities have way more to lose than retailers. Retailers don't profess to be pillars of ethics.

Oh the last point, I suggest you get over it. The people in that video were hardly the zenith of intimidation. Worse things are happening in this country today than a rowdy lunch.

ck

Q: Where is the evidence that The Salvation Army is making a profit from workfare?

A: Since they have admitted that they use UNPAID workers (including the sick and disabled) then they obviously are making a profit,certainly they are not making a loss.

alan perez

Workfare schemes involve payments to workfare providers. This is one of the main problems. Not only is the business getting free forced labour, they are also getting a financial award.

Jj

Plus, an employee must consider themselves a volunteer to absolve themselves of a working value.
So while Mandatory Work Activity for a charity does not subsidise a wage bill, it does amount to a concession from a person's labour.

Kyron

The Salvation Army‏@salvationarmyuk
@poutingpou We offer work experience but would not in principle accept people who have been coerced into accepting such positions.

Trevor

Religion is all about exploiting us - emotionally, spiritually and financially - so why does anyone expect anything different from a sanctimonious right-wing organisation like the Sally Army?

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