Join the Week of Action Against Workfare beginning on March 18th and let’s bring a final end to forced work: http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=1996
Charities around the UK are abandoning the Government’s forced labour obsession and pulling out of workfare. Last year the volume of pressure from the public forced many private companies to distance themselves, with ongoing pickets and boycotts aimed at High Street names.
After an ongoing and sustained campaign by Solidarity Federation even Holland & Barrett, who were planing to take on thousands of unpaid workers, abandoned their exploitative plans. Sol Fed have no turned their attention to Poundland, with a protest being held in Peckham this Saturday (16th March): https://www.facebook.com/events/398008846962583/?ref=2
The Unions have condemned workfare, with the PCS yesterday issuing their strongest statement yet objecting to unpaid work.
And yesterday the Courts ruled that Iain Duncan Smith’s bodged legislation led to many workfare schemes being illegal.
Workfare has been rejected by the public, ethical charities everywhere, the Unions and now even the courts. But even this is not enough for DWP ministers who have caused utter confusion by attempting to rush new rules into law – exactly the kind of panicky blundering that led to yesterday’s court verdict.
Workfare can now only be beaten on the street, organise and spread the word about the week of action to help make it happen!
And tell the workfare using charities on twitter what you think: @Sue_Ryder @RSPCA_official @pdsa_hq @ymca_england @salvationarmyuk @tcvtweets @Papworth_Trust @RBLI
(and in the meantime, for once in their miserable lives, it might actually be worth contacting your MP. John Mcdonnell has tabled a ‘prayer’ – don’t ask – in Parliament which may delay the new rules and needs support from MPs: http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2012-13/1072)
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