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Sally Army: marching on with workfare

The general public have been shocked to learn that charitable organisations such as Oxfam, Scope and the British Heart Foundation have been involved in the government’s workfare scheme.

While Oxfam has pulled out, and Scope has suspended its involvement, the Salvation Army is still signed up to this state sponsored forced labour scheme. A tweet from the Salvation Army UK twitter account on 19th February reads, ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matt 11, 28.’ The reality is that the Salvation Army is welcoming the weary and burdened with work for no pay.


The Salvation Army is among the most two-faced of the charities which have signed up to workfare. In July 2011 the Salvation Army controversially won a contract worth £6m from the Ministry of Justice to provide support services for trafficked men and women in the UK. It is a gross hypocrisy that an organisation responsible for providing support for those who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation, domestic servitude and labour exploitation are themselves benefiting from coerced and exploited labour.

The Salvation Army should through its work supporting victims of forced labour be familiar with Article 2.1 of the 1930 Forced Labour Convention;

For the purposes of this Convention the term forced or compulsory labour shall mean all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily.’

These are the conditions in which many people in workfare find themselves.

The Salvation Army defends it position by shamelessly declaring,

Providing short-term work experience for unemployed people is part of our provision for those in need and as a charity we do not make a profit from delivering employment contracts, but use all our income to support people in need. We believe and have seen that offering a hand up and not a hand out is the best way of addressing poverty and social exclusion. Work and having something meaningful to do helps people not just to become less dependent on the state but encourages self-belief and self-confidence.’

If the Salvation Army is passionate and committed to tackling human trafficking and modern day forced labour they must demonstrate this by firstly withdrawing from workfare and secondly calling the government to account for overseeing a forced labour scheme.

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Rob

I myself had to work for a YMCA shop. I was relieved to work for a charity and not for a private 'for-profit' company but the irony of the fact that I as a young man was working 30 hours a week for a charity set up to aid people such as I, was not lost on me.

So long as the program exists and private companies are involved I will be happy to see the charities remain, I don't consider working for charity to be a bad thing.

Robert Gurdin

Everyone contact them. here are their details: The Salvation Army United Kingdom Territory
Territorial Headquarters
101 Newington Causeway
London
SE1 6BN

Telephone us: 020 7367 4500

Email us: info@salvationarmy.org.uk or press.office@salvationarmy.org.uk

Victim of the state

Onward Christian slavers, exploiting the poor

Matt Douglas

How can a Christian charitable organisation support and justify a program that forces people from poverty into destitution is so wrong because this is what they are supporting. Any person with complex mental health issues which lets face it are the ones who are being targeted a lot by these scheme as they are easy targets not just the young. A person who is firstly found fit to work by a not fit for purpose medical via ATOS who is then forced to sign on as fit for work and then coerced onto one of these schemes who then finds they can't cope after seven days have passed to be then stopped all benefits meaning they can't pay for rent or food and end up on the street homeless only to be picked up by the Salvation Army. Hmm !

wishface

I'm deeply disappouinted in their attitude.

Opposite my JC is a salvation army church/place (whatever you call it), and it's there that one of the local Work Programme providers is based (oddly, or so i though, given it's quite small).

Lee

This has been going on for years; my brother was exploited and abused by the British Heart Foundation a couple of years ago.

Tobanem

My question to the Salvation Army is how do they reconcile their role in Workfare to the Biblical quote from Jeremiah, chapter 22, verse 13:

"Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteosness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour's service without wages, and giveth him not for his work".

The matter is made all the more controversial, because in the Biblical passage just quoted, the word "wrong" could be translated as "fraud"- and there is plenty of that beginning to crawl out of the (A4E) woodwork!

Perhaps we've seen nothing yet!!

The Bible is unequivocally against using workers without wages, so yes, God's Wrath is being kindled.

Remember, "he that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker".

Winger

My question to the Salvation Army is how do they reconcile their role in Workfare to the Biblical quote from Jeremiah, chapter 22, verse 13:

"Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteosness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour's service without wages, and giveth him not for his work".

The matter is made all the more controversial, because in the Biblical passage just quoted, the word "wrong" could be translated as "fraud"- and there is plenty of that beginning to crawl out of the (A4E) woodwork!

Perhaps we've seen nothing yet!!

The Bible is unequivocally against using workers without wages, so yes, God's Wrath is being kindled.

Remember, "he that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker".

john

There is a very large Salvation Army charity shop in Stockton-on-tees High Street.
I wonder if I should protest?

The Oxfam Shop is just across the road compare and contrast.

Johnny Laird

I'll admit I'm not really up to speed on the whole Workfare thing, but I'm struggling to find out anything that confirms The Salvation Army have any involvement with it.

Can someone enlighten me please?

Thanks

J

Winger

FAO Johnny Laird

Did you fully read the article? The Salvation Army is quoted as saying: "we believe and have seen that offering a hand up and not a hand out is the best way of addressing poverty and social exclusion".

One Salvation Army client said (of participating in the unpaid and not "entirely voluntary" Work Experience scheme):

"It's great. It's enabling me to improve my skills and look at other avenues. It's making me smile again".

Have a look at the following webpage:

http://www.salvationarmy.org.uk/uki/unemployed

I also want to know myself how the Salavation Army are at ease with the Biblical quote from Jeremiah, chapter 22, verse 13, about using workers without wages!

Are you more "up-to-speed" now?

putapon

Do not give to this organisation in any way- its ran by millionaires to exploit the poor. All these things done in the name of God- shame on u. The Salvation Army dont care how many " forced workers" they have - as long as its free

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