When the Work Programme launched two years ago, the government wanted everyone finishing it to be sent to do six months of forced unpaid work. But all mention of this punitive scheme has now disappeared: a powerful testament to the strength of your actions.
People are pushing back the spread of workfare: One provider has complained that it has 100 fewer placements each week in its area alone. In recent weeks, Argos and Homebase claim to have pulled out of workfare, Wetherspoons has followed them and Debenhams are wobbling. The government has been ordered to reveal the list of workfare exploiters but keeps appealing: it is terrified that the public response will spell the end for workfare.
Now is the time to keep pushing.
On 6-14 July, the week that the poverty profiteers of the workfare industry will be gathering for their annual convention, let’s remind them there’s a lot to be worried about!
- Call an action in your town or city: A walking tour of shame, surprise visits to your least favourite workfare exploiters, flash mobs, a chain gang… whatever sounds fun to you!
- Order copies of our know your rights leaflet and get them to the people who need them!
- Take part in daily online actions targeting those who profit from workfare.
Whatever you plan, tell us and we’ll help spread the word. Boycott Workfare can help with the costs of props, printing or travel, so tell us if that would be useful too! info[at]boycottworkfare[dot]org
So far there are actions planned in:
Birmingham – Saturday 13th 1pm at M&S nr the Bull Ring https://www.facebook.com/events/531406933593481/
Brighton – Poundland London Road, 12 pm Saturday 13th
Clydeside – “Walk of shame” for Thursday, July 11. First stop is the British Heart Foundation beginning at 4pm.
Edinburgh – NO TO SANCTIONS TARGETS AT LEITH JOB CENTRE! DEMONSTRATE THURSDAY 11th JULY 10am – 12 noon NO TO SANCTIONS – NO TO WORKFARE – NO TO AUSTERITY Leith Job Centre, 199 Commercial Street, EH6 6QP
Glasgow – meet outside M&S on Argyle Street, 1pm Saturday 13th July
(note link isn’t working for all, but details above are right!)
Hastings – Protest outside M&S in Priory Meadow, Tuesday 9th July, 3pm http://www.solfed.org.uk/hastings/ms-anti-workfare-picket-tuesday-9th-july-3pm
Leeds – Marks and Spencers, 12.45pm Sunday 14th July https://www.facebook.com/events/407473186034783/
London – Hackney – Marks and Spencers, Hackney Narrow Way, Saturday 13th https://www.facebook.com/
London – Hackney – Infostall outside Hackney Job Centre 1-5pm, Tuesday 9th July https://www.facebook.com/events/332376723559877/?ref=22
London – Brixton – Infostall outside Brixton Job Centre, Brixton Road, from 11am (to about 1-2pm) on Wednesday 10th July https://www.facebook.com/
London – Lewisham – Infostall outside Lewisham Jobcentre, Rushey Green between 12 – 2pm on Wednesday 10th July
London – Willesden – Homebase, 473 High Road, 11am-1pm Saturday 13th July https://www.facebook.com/
Manchester – Demonstrate against Workfare, Tuesday July 9th, 7.30pm, at the Hilton Hotel (Beetham Tower), junction of Deansgate and Great Bridgewater Street / Liverpool Road (address: 303 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4LQ – map).
Newcastle: Friday July 12th, 3.30pm, Poundland, Clayton Street, NE1 7XU called by Newcastle Solfed https://www.facebook.com/events/170545789794767/
Sheffield – Town Hall, 1pm Saturday 6th July
Swansea – Swansea – 13th July M&S 12-2pm
Let the workfare profiteers know: If you exploit us, we will shut you down!