B&M Stores has won an award from the workfare industry for their support for forced unpaid labour. The harsh reality of their involvement is exploitation of claimants – people working for nothing under the constant threat of sanctions – and workfare being used to reduce overtime and replace paid staff.
“B&M stores started using workfare Jan 2013. Receiving free labour and stopping overtime for employees with contracts. The people forced to do this free labour are not happy and neither are the other workers.”
Boycott Workfare has had several reports of reduced hours for paid staff as well as the practice of employing paid staff on a trial basis, sacking them after 12 weeks, and replacing them with workfare placements.
“Just to let you know B&M Stores have taken on new staff under a workfare scheme. This was 1 month after staff hours were cut by 50%. This meant my hours were cut from 20 to 10.”
B&M Stores made over £100 million profit last year but still they use forced unpaid labour.
B&M Stores have over 400 stores from Perth in Scotland to Portsmouth in the South of England. They have expanded by using workfare grabs from any local JobCentrePlus. It has been reported that in one B&M Store “older or long term staff were sacked and a new wave of 20 workfare placements taken on.”
What you can do:
Thanks to your efforts, more and more businesses and charities are withdrawing from workfare. Keep up the pressure and let B&M Stores know: ‘if they exploit us, we will close them down!’
Use twitter, facebook and direct action to expose B&M Stores and call for a boycott of their stores. Workfare exploits claimants and means poorer pay and conditions for all workers.
Email customer services
Phone: 0151 728 5400 (remember to speak politely)
Visit their Corporate Website