Date(s) - 23/03/2013
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Feminist Fightback and North London Solidarity Federation will be intimidating businesses in Leytonstone into stopping Workfare in their stores, in support of Boycott Workware’s Week of Action Against Workfare (18-24th March). We’re starting at Superdrug on the High Road at 1pm sharp. Bring banners and placards, and bring some noise. Eastside represent!
More on Workfare:
Workfare is a scheme initiated by the government (although Poundland claim to have established their own, private one) in which unemployed people are bullied into working for their Jobseekers’ Allowance benefits. People on the Workfare scheme are forced to stack shelves for up to 30 hours a week, working out to an hourly wage of just £1.60.
-Workfare is NOT voluntary: people on the programme are often only given one week to ‘twist or stick’. If they leave their placement then they face punishment via benefit sanction.
-Workfare does NOT get people into jobs. By the government’s own admission, according to a recent DWP report, the programme has NOT increased the employment chances of people on its scheme. In fact, only 3.5% of all people who have gone through the Work Programme have found work! Workfare is punishment for the unemployed, rather than an attempt to help them.
-People on Workfare do NOT gain valuable experience which helps them in the job market. Most of them end up stacking shelves in retail outlets.
-Workfare is NOT just an issue for unemployed people; in fact, it affects ALL of us. If the government and bosses are able to get away with paying just £1.60/hr, what will that mean for people working for a regular wage? What does that mean for the national minimum wage of £6.08/hr? And the Workfare placements are instead REAL vacancies, taking away genuine jobs from the working class.
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