TAKE PART IN A WEEK OF ACTION KICKING OFF ON 8 DECEMBER

Many companies and charities have pulled out of the government’s workfare
schemes when met with pickets and direct action that put these
exploitative schemes in the spotlight.

But charities including British Heart Foundation, Scope and Barnardos and
many companies like Poundland, Argos and Superdrug still subscribe to
schemes which force the unemployed to “work for their benefits”. That’s
why Boycott Workfare network are calling A Week of Action against
Workfare, focusing especially on the charities involved.

EDINBURGH ACTION - DEMONSTRATE AT BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION AT THE KIRKGATE SHOPPING CENTRE AT THE FOOT OF LEITH WALK, FROM 12 NOON ONWARDS SATURDAY 8th DECEMBER

HELP MAKE SURE BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION GO THE WHOLE WAY
- together lets do it

A few months ago, British Heart Foundation was proud to say that “Around
1,000 of [people working in their shops] are on placements with us through
Work Programme schemes and 600 [people working in their shops] are
placements on Mandatory Work Activity.”

But since September's day of action against charity workfare, more and
more volunteers, customers and members of the public have been speaking
out against their exploitation of the unemployed. Comedian Mark Thomas
even added his voice saying “BHF involvement in Workfare has undermined my
trust and commitment to them as a campaigning group.”
http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=1564

Our efforts are paying off and last week British Heart Foundation
announced "Currently we are moving away from involvement in the mandatory
work activity programme towards schemes which provide longer term
voluntary placements."

We want them to confirm publicly that they will end ALL placements which
put people to work on threat of losing benefits. Please keep up the
pressure until they do, and help make sure this charity which has profited
from exploiting literally thousands of unemployed people pulls out of
workfare entirely.

BHF Retail HQ – 01372 477 300
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/bhf
Contact:
http://www.bhf.org.uk/contact-us.aspx
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https://twitter.com/The

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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).