Today and tomorrow, the legality of workfare is being challenged in the courts. Two claimants are subjecting workfare to judicial review. They are Cait Reilly, who was forced to work for Poundland without pay, and a man who had his benefits stopped for six months when he did not agree to clean furniture full-time and unpaid for half a year.
Cait Reilly said outside court today “Poundland got free labour. I got nothing… It is time to support people looking for work, not punish them.”
Boycott Workfare and people across the UK wish them every success as they expose workfare in the courts. Speaking at the end of the first day, Liz Wyatt, a member of Boycott Workfare said: “Today Cait Reilly’s lawyers showed that not only is the government compelling people to work without pay, it is doing so without even publishing people’s rights. The scandal of forced unpaid work in the UK is being exposed and we hope the judge will act to quash all workfare schemes. This case could establish that they’re not only wrong, but also unlawful.”
See the lawyers’ press release here. The case will conclude on Wednesday, but the judge’s decision may not be given immediately. The gallery is open to the public if you would like to go and show your support.
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