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Workfare Can Be Broken – Join the Week of Action and help make it happen

February 5, 2013

From Boycott Workfare

Take part in the week of action against workfare 18-24 March

The Government is pushing ahead with increasingly savage workfare policies despite the fierce resistance to the scheme causing many high street names and national charities to pull out.

Unemployed people can now be sentenced to six months compulsory unpaid work as part of the Community Action Programme. On December 3rd last year – International Disabled People’s Day – the DWP introduced forced work for sick and disabled claimants.

Companies such as Superdrug, Argos and McDonalds, who have all been quick to take on unpaid workers on government schemes, have seen a year of boycotts, pickets, demonstrations and occupations due to their involvement in the scheme. Many national charities have pulled out as a result of protests, but some, such as The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), Salvation Army and Sue Ryder Foundation are unrepentent about their army of government subsidised unpaid workers. Many of the new workfare programmes depend on charities like these to provide placements.

Workfare can be broken by showing these organisations that the public have clearly rejected unpaid work. Evidence has shown that mandatory work has no impact in actually helping someone find a job, the stated aim of the scheme. Instead workfare is used to replace real jobs, with some companies even caught taking on unpaid workers to fill temporary Christmas positions.

Join Boycott Workfare on 18-24 March for a week of action against workfare exploiters everywhere. Take action in a town or city near you, join in online and show all those who profit from forced labour that we mean it when we say “if you exploit us, we will shut you down”.

Organise now and contact Boycott Workfare on Facebook or info[at]boycottworkfare.org to be added to the national list of actions.

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. rainbowwarriorlizzie permalink
    February 6, 2013 1:37 am

    Reblogged this on HUMAN RIGHTS & POLITICAL JOURNAL.

  2. February 12, 2013 6:45 pm

    Why not start now by telling those companies that still use workfare slaves what you think: @RSPCA_official, @TCVtweets, @PDSA_HQ, @salvationarmyuk, @Sue_Ryder

  3. Landless Peasant permalink
    February 15, 2013 1:03 pm

    Since the High Court ruling in Cait Reilley’s favour, NO ONE IS LEGALLY OBLIGED TO ATTEND THE WORK PROGRAMME until new Regulations have been passed & implemented. YOU CANNOT BE SANCTIONED for non-attendance at the moment. I have it confirmed in writing from my Work Programme provider, but they are not making this widely known, only to those who ask ! SPREAD THE WORD. DON’T ATTEND. DO NOT COMPLY. THEY CAN’T TOUCH YOU.

    Excerpt from letter:

    “You are correct, you are not legally required to attend in the interim period, however I can advise you that ESE Regulations will be re-written at the soonest available opportunity.

    As recent as today the High Courts have made a decision regarding the mandation issues to programmes, in favour of DWP, So I’m sure normal business will resume very soon and I will keep you updated on this as far as attending appointments…

    I would suggest that anyone genuinely interested in securing employment would utilise every opportunity available to do this, and if this involved visiting a Work Coach/Employment Advisor they would take this opportunity.

    Those who don’t, who choose to avoid being proactive ,as you rightly say will not have their JSA sanctioned but may struggle to secure sustainable employment.

    The DWP are currently notifying all relevant parties as to their current and future situations, but I am happy to answer any queries from anyone concerned about recent developments if asked.

    We will be happy to see you again once the new regulations are in place.”

  4. Landless Peasant permalink
    February 15, 2013 1:05 pm

    Please contact your MP ASAP and ask him/her to sign Early Day Motion 1072 tabled by John McDonnell (LAB) to nullify the Government’s Workfare Regulations.

    http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2012-13/1072

  5. Obi Wan Kenobi permalink
    March 2, 2013 12:04 pm

    Pass this on to every website you can and get as many people to sign this as you can.

    e-petition:

    Scrap Universal Jobmatch.

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/42705

  6. steve cross permalink
    March 13, 2013 9:47 pm

    I am sick of treatment in JobCentre. Usually, smug and accusing. Last Adviser I spoke to was actually ok but only because he was so out of touch. He claimed he wasn’t too good with computers! 2013 in a Govt Office and uncomfortable at his Computer. I said Its a good thing he wasn’t sat at my side of the desk then. Most of the Advisers seem to still hold with the idea that Jobs are actually out there – Betterware, Kleeneeze, Taxi Driving, Leaflet Distribution, Couriers, Dog Walkers, etc are Self Employment. Not Jobs. Yes Call Me Dave – a Nation of Entrepreneurs – a Sick Joke. I will do your Laundry, you walk my Dog, and my son will run you to Town. Really are we a Top Industrial Country or stepping back to Downton Abbey?
    Anyway, where on Fylde Coast and when are the Protests taking place anyone please?
    Thanks.

  7. October 29, 2013 5:52 pm

    Benefit Sanctions Must Be Stopped Without Exceptions in UK?
    Petition Calling For Benefit Sanctions To Be Scrapped Hits Nearly 2000 Signatures In First Few Hours
    http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/benefit-sanctions-must-be-stopped-without-exceptions-in-uk

  8. January 20, 2014 12:03 am

    ATOS National Demo. February 19th 2014

  9. AWP permalink
    February 21, 2014 1:40 pm

    Universal Jobmatch uses two gov.uk network servers –

    > direct.gov.uk

    > businesslink.gov.uk

    * Both these sub-pages via Google diagnotics test page show in blue text the hosted network links connected to both gov.uk sites. Click on these (blue text) network links to discover more information…

    https://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=direct.gov.uk
    https://www.google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=businesslink.gov.uk

    ** Channel Four News and The Guardian Newspaper have been e-mailed this information on February 21st about UJM having remote connections to malware infested host networks.

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