Unfortunately other high street chains are still profiting from unpaid work. What you are doing works! We are winning so let’s keep it up and let more businesses know workfare is wrong!
Please contact the following companies today. If you’d like to use a standard letter, there’s one here.
Note: Retailers like to claim these schemes are voluntary. Read more about why they’re not.
Debenhams has 165 stores across the UK and Ireland and has a turnover of £2.2 billion. They too have been taking advantage of wageless, rightless workers supplied by the DWP at the taxpayers’ expense. They’re very keen to insist that the scheme they’re involved in is voluntary, but DWP rules say if you don’t get take part you’re referred to a scheme which carries 3 year sanctions. So it’s only voluntary if you say yes.
Press Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Customer services: email@example.com
Company secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org (Paul Eardley)
Facebook: Debenhams – the official page
Twitter: Tweet to @debenhams
Countless reports of workfare in Poundland’s stores have emerged, and the retailer has come under particular pressure since Cait Reilly successfully challenged her Poundland placement in the courts. So much so that instead of staying involved in the existing workfare schemes, they have set up their own. They tell us: “We currently have people taking part in work experience placements across 71 of our stores, and since launching the scheme, 20% have been offered a job with us”. That’s 80% who have worked for free for nothing. Poundland profits soared to £40 million last year. If Poundland needs people to work in its stores, it can pay them.
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Press centre: email@example.com
Chief Executive (Warburg Pincus – their US based private equity fund owners): firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitter: Tweet to @poundland
Asda has been at the heart of workfare in the UK, helping the government relaunch its “Work Experience” scheme last year. We have had reports that one of their stores in Manchester uses disabled people on workfare on the night shift. They are frank about their involvement here.
Argos appears to be using six week placements from the Job Centre on a massive scale. Multiple reports of Argos using workfare placements so that paid staff hours are being reduced and fewer Christmas temps employed have emerged.
Business email: email@example.com
Corporate responsibility (HRG): firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Media relations (HRG): firstname.lastname@example.org
Managing director: email@example.com
Head Office (01908 690333)
Customer Services (01785 710253)
Twitter: Tweet to @Argos_Online
Tesco has committed to 3000 workfare placements, and so far 80% of the 1500 people who have gone through their stores have not been given a job. In response to public pressure, they have introduced a fudge which offers people a place on their own scheme instead but this misses the point.
Tesco’s profits last year were £1.7 billion. 1500 eight week, thirty hour placements would mean the company has so far profited from 360,000 hours of free labour on the schemes. Tesco need to stop fudging the issue, pull out of workfare and start paying every single person who works in their stores a living wage.
Head office email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Customer service email address: email@example.com
Phil Clarke, Current CEO of Tesco’s: firstname.lastname@example.org