Boycott Workfare: Demo coming soon
Paul Robinson of the Boycott Workfare campaign reports
Paul Robinson of the Boycott Workfare campaign reports:
Boycott Workfare continued its campaign against forced unpaid labour with direct action recently taking place along London’s choking consumerist boulevard, Oxford St.
On October 20th, protestors peeled off from the TUC’s anti-cuts march to join Boycott Workfare in occupying High Street profiteers who continue to exploit the unemployed.
McDonalds, WHSmith, Tesco, Superdrug and Marks & Spencer, who all profit from the scheme, were forced to close or seek protection from the police as hundreds of anti-workfare campaigners descended on their stores.
Our actions are working and the growing resistance against exploitative government work schemes is rattling workfare’s architects and corporate beneficiaries. Some retailers have withdrawn from workfare due to pressure from campaigners, and charities are warning of “imminent contract failures” as they struggle to subsidize the failing Work Program contracts they were awarded by the Department for Work and Pensions. Evidence neither Workfare nor the Work Program is working.
We need to keep up the pressure on workfare to bring down what is part of a broader attack on the Welfare State. The campaign's continuing strength is the thousands of people ready to participate in the boycott & disruption of companies which contribute to the normalisation of exploitation.
A Week of Action Against Workfare begins on the 8th of December and it carries one simple message: If you exploit us, we will shut you down!
Find out more information on the Boycott Workfare campaign, which companies to boycott and upcoming actions.