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!
They can be telephoned on (020) 7367 4500 or emailed at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
Tweet to @TSA_IHQ
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.