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Stop workfare in its tracks: take action with Boycott Workfare from 29 March to 6 April

From Boycott Workfare:

Stop workfare in its tracks – Take action 29 March – 6 April!

Tens of organisations have already quit workfare. The government will not reveal which organisations are still using it for fear the schemes will collapse. Its contractors complain that they have lost hundreds of placements due to public pressure.

But they’re trying it again with a new scheme. Community Work Placements, launching on 1 April 2014 which will force claimants to work for six months without pay. Six months – 780 hours – is more than twice the maximum community service sentence. Workfare does not help people find jobs and being unemployed is not a crime.

This new workfare scheme is part of a raft of draconian measures, misleadingly called “Help to Work”, which are designed to increase sanctions (benefit stoppages) and undermine wages still further.

For the workfare schemes to happen, they need places to send people, but tens of large charities have already quit. Oxfam stated that the schemes were incompatible with its goal of reducing poverty in the UK. Liverpool CVS has condemned the scheme in the strongest possible terms.

Our action can stop companies, charities and councils from exploiting forced unpaid work and make sure this new scheme falls flat on its face. Wherever you are, however you can contribute - take action on 29 March-6 April.

Target the charities:

Target the councils:

Support each other to get our rights:

Want to target the companies involved in workfare as well?
There are currently call outs to target Peacocks, and Grosvenor Casinos. Or there’s our crowd-sourced list of workfare exploiters to whom you may also like to pay a visit.

More about the Community Work Placement scheme:

Making links:

Whatever you’re planning – let us know and we’ll help spread the word! Contact info[at]boycottworkfare.org

Testimonies from the jobcentre:

"You say nothing to them, because if you argue back, they sanction you."

"They told me to borrow money from friends when they sanctioned me. That's what I had to do."

"They sanctioned me and my MP had to sort it out."

"I'm 62 and they threaten me with sanctions."

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