Britain-wide day of action against forced unpaid labour

SATURDAY  23 MARCH 2013

MEET 12 NOON - KIRKGATE SHOPPING CENTRE, FOOT OF LEITH WALK, EDINBURGH

Part of the UK-wide Boycott Workfare campaign to take action against businesses and charities who continue to use workfare conscripts.

All welcome, bring banners, placards, whistles, drums.

The growing opposition to workfare has forced many companies and charities to pull out of the forced work-for-your-benefits schemes. Holland and Barrett, the Red Cross, Scope, PDSA and Cancer Research are among the many who have withdrawn recently. Our actions are working!

But some employers need an extra push. Following occupations and pickets in Edinburgh and elsewhere British Heart Foundation announced they were “moving away” from workfare. Recently they declared they had withdrawn from the Mandatory Work Activity scheme. But they are openly declaring on their website that they are still participating in the Work Programme – despite the fact that in December this scheme was extended to give providers the power to force many sick and disabled claimants on Employment and Support Allowance to work for nothing, or face sanctions.

And big companies like Poundland and Superdrug who claimed to be pulling out of workfare are still involved.

Come along on Saturday and let all employers using workfare know –

IF YOU EXPLOIT US, WE WILL SHUT YOU DOWN!

Here is a link to the facebook event for the anti- workfare protest on Saturday

https://www.facebook.com/events/429023800520044/

 

 

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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).