Boycott Workfare have called a farewell party for Emma Harrison who recently scarpered from her fraud ridden training company A4e. After pocketing a dividend worth almost £10 million, Emma left the company after stories emerged of police investigations surrounding the firm. Emma hasn’t been seen since and is believed to be mansion hunting in any country that doesn’t have an extradition treaty with the UK.
A4e are one of the UK’s biggest workfare companies, paid billions of pounds to bully people into unpaid labour for supermarkets, charities and high street shops. Due to recent protests aimed at workfare the Government has temporarily removed sanctions from most of the workfare schemes. Compulsory workfare was at the heart of the Government’s £5 billion Work Programme. So far the Government are refusing to provide figures detailing whether anyone has actually got a job on the Work Programme.
It is known if people who refuse to go on workfare are now being forced to go on one of the few remaining forced labour schemes instead. It is also not known if, or when, workfare – a key part of the Government’s flawed strategy to reduce unemployment by creating an army of free labour – will be back. Voluntary workfare still exists and remains a tool for millionaire bosses to undermine everybody’s pay and working conditions. The fight against workfare continues.
Join Boycott Workfare from noon this Thursday May 17th, outside Brixton A4e, to say goodbye, or good riddance, to Emma Harrison.
“Boycott Workfare will be holding a farewell party outside Brixton A4e with balloons, music, cake, fizzy pop, and party hats. The party will allow us to raise awareness about the fraudulent practices and bullying that these ‘welfare to work’ providers engage in and to discuss with claimants their rights. This latter act is particularly important and effective. Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty recently won a victory over A4e after claimants spoke out and organised against A4e. They are now allowed to be accompanied into A4e with their own representative.
“Join us outside Brixton A4e on Thursday 17th May at 12pm where we will party and leaflet for welfare rights. Brixton A4e is close to where the railway bridge crosses the high street.
“After the party we will take a stroll along the high street in an information gathering exercise to find out who is in and who is out of the workfare schemes. We suspect that there may be many high street stores taking workfare who have managed so far to keep it secret.”
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