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:
HMV – difficult to find email contact, all by phone – 0845 901 1122 or possibly firstname.lastname@example.org