SHUT DOWN LEARNDIRECT! LET'S MAKE WORKFARE UNWORKABLE!

Occupation of Learndirect Edinburgh officesOccupation of Learndirect Edinburgh officesGather at Learndirect, Conference House, 152 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EB.
12 noon – 2pm Thursday 9th October

Organised by Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty as part of the “Boycott Workfare”  Week of Action Against Workfare 4 – 12 October

Forcing people to work for nothing through the threat of removing people’s benefits (sanctions) is unfair, unjust and wrong.  Forced work for benefits attacks both claimants and workers in jobs.  Workfare exploits jobseekers and also many sick and disabled claimants on Employment and Support Allowance.   Workfare undermines all workers' wages and conditions.  Join us in taking action against workfare, benefit sanctions and the whole austerity programme.

Learndirect are the workfare providers for the compulsory “work-for-your-benefits” schemes Mandatory Work Activity and the new Community Work Placements scheme, which forces jobseekers to work for nothing for six months.  Learndirect profit from the forced labour schemes and shamelessly refer jobseekers for sanctions, making people penniless to try and intimidate jobseekers to submit to forced labour. 

But resistance to workfare is winning.  To date 422 organisations have rejected the compulsory schemes and signed the “Keep Volunteering Voluntary” agreement – including the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Christian Aid, Shelter and the Edinburgh Volunteer Centre.  This month Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty approached Cancer Research UK to urge them to withdraw from workfare – they have now told Learndirect in Edinburgh that they will not take any more of their workfare “placements”. 

Learndirect are really struggling and cannot find enough placements for all the jobseekers sent to them under the new Community Work Placements scheme.  Locally this workfare scheme could be near collapse.  Now is the time for us to make Learndirect understand – IF YOU EXPLOIT US, WE WILL SHUT YOU DOWN!

More info on workfare at http://edinburghagainstpoverty.org.uk/node/68 and at http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?page_id=1820

And info on fighting sanctions here

To get involved in leafleting etc locally in run-up to the Week of Action contact ECAP at ecap@lists.riseup.net  And do let us know about any employers using workfare

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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 ecap@lists.riseup.net. 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).