ANTI WORKFARE ACTION - Saturday 5th April

If you exploit us we will shut you down – shut down workfare exploiter Salvation Army.
11am onwards Saturday 5th April, continuing over lunchtime
At Salvation Army shop, 36 Earl Grey Street (continuation Lothian Rd, by Tollcross)  EH3 9BN.
Organised by Edinburgh Coalition Against Povery as part of the week of action - 29 March - 6 April - against workfare called by Boycott Workfare

Workfare – forced labour for your benefits under threat of sanctions – attacks both the unemployed and workers in jobs, undermining everyone's wages and conditions.

The Salvation Army is one of the main users of workfare in Edinburgh and Britain-wide, and ECAP has supported several claimants resisting being sent to do forced upaid work in their shops.

But we are winning the fight against workfare.  Dozens of organisations have already quit. 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 in 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 Volunteer Centre 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.

Please forward this information.  Come along on 5th April. 
If you would like to help leafleting job centres etc in the run-up to the demo please contact or call by any Tuesday 12-3pm at ACE 17 W Montgomery Place
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EDINBURGH COALITION AGAINST POVERTY is based at the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh (ACE), an open campaign space & infoshop providing resources and solidarity. Resources available include free computer/internet access, cheap copying, free leaflets, books, pamphlets and mags for sale, and a library. Every Tuesday from 12 to 3pm support and solidarity is available for benefits, debt hassles, housing and other problems. Please contact us at Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty c/o ACE, 17 West Montgomery Place, Edinburgh EH7 5HA, 0131 557 6242 or We invite you to join our solidarity phone tree and get involved. ACE is also open at other times for particular events (but the support and solidarity sessions are only on Tuesday).