BHF charity shop in Leith closed by anti workfare protest

Anti workfare demonstrators in Edinburgh shut down the British Heart Foundation furniture store at the Kirkgate shopping centre for over two hours on Saturday 8 September. The Leith store closed its doors as demonstrators arrived before noon, and didn't attempt to reopen till after 2pm. Protestors blocked the shop door with a giant banner IF YOU EXPLOIT US WE WILL SHUT YOU DOWN.

 

Demo organisers Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty condemned BHF’s participation in the government workfare schemes.  These programmes mean unemployed people are compelled to work for their benefits - or their benefit is cut.  “These schemes punish the unemployed, attack all workers' wages and conditions and actually cause more unemployment, due to the replacement of paid workers by unpaid labour,” say ECAP. Opposition to workfare has grown and many major companies and charities such as Oxfam, Marie Curie, Shelter, TK Maxx, BHS, HMV, Sainsburys, Waterstones, Boots, Holland & Barret no longer participate in the schemes.

 

Protestors also stood with banners right across the entrance at another nearby BHF shop on Great Junction Street, defying police orders to move, and causing custom to be greatly reduced.  “Many people turned away when BHF's participation in slave labour schemes was explained,” stressed ECAP.  

EDINBURGH WORKFARE PROTEST: Sat 8 September 2012

 - ACTION TO STOP WORKFARE -   

Britain-wide day of action against forced unpaid labour..

SATURDAY  8 SEPTEMBER:
MEET 12 NOON KIRKGATE SHOPPING CENTRE, FOOT OF LEITH WALK, EDINBURGH

To take action against the British Heart Foundation charity who continue to use workfare conscripts.

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

NO TO WORKFARE - Protestors picket Primark

Anti workfare protestors descended on Primark in Edinburgh's city centre on Saturday 14 July.  The Princes Street store was picketed by protestors declaring their opposition to the government's work-for-your-benefits schemes.

The demo, organised by Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty, was part of a UK-wide week of action against workfare co-ordinated through the Boycott Workfare network.  The week has already seen a major success with “health” food shop Holland and Barrett  announcing their withdrawal from workfare the day before their stores were set to be targets of demonstrations all round Britain.

Thus the Edinburgh demo was re-located from Holland and Barrett to Primark, a fitting target as not only are Primark involved in exploiting unemployed people through workfare, they are notorious dealers in sweatshop-produced clothing, and heavily involved in tax evasion schemes

NO TO SLAVE LABOUR Demonstrate at Primark

NO TO SLAVE LABOUR

Demonstrate at
PRIMARK,
90-93 Princes Strreet
Edinburgh EH2 2ER
12 noon Sat 14 July
UK-wide week of action against workfare
Targetting Primark due to their large-scale use of “work-for-your-benefits” schemes across the UK

Organised by Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty
www.edinburghagainstpoverty.org.uk  ecap@lists.riseup.net

Boycott Workfare network www.boycottworkfare.org

Leaflets can be picked up from ACE, 17 W Montgomery Place EH7 5HA tuesdays 12-3pm, thursdays 6-8pm, sats 12-4pm (best to ring first on a sat if coming long way - 557 6242)

Contact us at ecap@lists.riseup.net if you would like to help leaflet job centres and/ or stick up posters and/or if you would like us to send you electronic copies of the flyers/ posters

Benefit gig for ECAP and ACE

 

PRESENTING a fundraiser for The Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty...

Leith Dockers Social Club,17-17A Academy Street, Edinburgh EH6 7EE
www.leithdockersclub.co.uk/
Friday 29th June
7:30PM
£3 at the door.
All extra donations welcomed.
All money goes to Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty and The Autonomous Centre Of Edinburgh.

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Unemployed win right to representation at Workfare provider A4e

Unemployed people in Edinburgh have won a significant victory by forcing workfare provider A4e to recognise that claimants on their programmes have the right to take their own representative to meetings with A4e.  For over two and a half years A4e have refused to recognise reps from Edinburgh Claimants, affiliated to Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty.  A4e often called the police to evict both rep and claimant from their offices in Edinburgh's Earl Grey Street!


MARCH 31ST DEMO AGAINST WORKFARE

Edinburgh stores occupied to oppose slave labour schemes

 Demonstrators in Edinburgh took direct action on the 31st March Britain-wide day of action against workfare.    Protestors occupied British Heart Foundation for an hour then invaded Poundstretcher – both heavily involved in the government’s compulsory “work-for-your-benefits” schemes.

 Marching into the British Heart Foundation’s large furniture store in Leith, demonstrators set up camp within the shop, displaying giant banners denouncing forced work for benefits, decorating windows and TVs with posters proclaiming “Workfare attacks both waged and unwaged”, and distributing Boycott Workfare leaflets everywhere.  Despite a sizeable police presence, the occupation continued for an hour.  Several would-be customers turned away when the reason for the demo was explained.

 Demo organisers Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty know significant numbers of unemployed people in Edinburgh have been forced to work in BHF charity shops under threat of their benefits being cut.  In the run-up to the demo ECAP wrote and phoned the British Heart Foundation at their Surrey HQ, to urge that they follow the lead of Shelter, Oxfam, Marie Curie and other charities and withdraw from all workfare schemes.  BHF responded by trying to justify their participation in the schemes.

Scottish GPs Vote to Scrap Work Capability Assessment

Scotland’s GP’s call for an end to controversial ‘fit for work’ tick-box tests carried out by French IT company ‘with immediate effect’

Scotland’s GP’s have today called to an end to the Government’s controversial computer-based ‘Work Capability Assessments’ carried out by French IT multinational Atos Origin for the DWP with ‘'immediate effect’:

 http://www.bma.org.uk/images/slmc2011agenda_tcm41-212139.pdf
60 Lothian: That this conference, in respect of Work Capability Assessments (WCA) as performed by ATOS Healthcare, believes that:

i. the inadequate computer-based assessments that are used have little regard to the nature or complexity of the needs of long term sick and disabled persons
ii. the WCA should end with immediate effect and be replaced with a rigorous and safe system that does not cause avoidable harm to some of the weakest and most vulnerable in society

The Scottish-based disability rights and advocacy group Black Triangle was instrumental in getting the motion tabled at the Scottish Local Medical Committee’s (SLMC) conference at Clydebank.

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST WORKFARE - COME AND JOIN US

 

SAT 31ST MARCH - ACTION TO STOP WORKFARE Britain-wide day of action against forced unpaid labour....

MEET 12 NOON KIRKGATE SHOPPING CENTRE, FOOT OF LEITH WALK

To take action at companies and charities still using workfare conscripts- we say to those companies and charities still involved in his rip-off – stop now!

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

Organised by Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty

WHY WE ARE AGAINST WORKFARE

Workfare is compulsory unpaid work for your benefits, under threat of your benefits being stopped if you refuse.

Workfare makes millions for multinational fraudsters like A4e who supply the free labour to employers.

Workfare undermines the pay and conditions of all workers.

Workfare punishes the unemployed, when the real cause of unemployment is the chaotic profit system.

LET'S MAKE WORKFARE UNWORKABLE!

Edinburgh Tescos invaded by anti-workfare protestors

Demonstrators opposing compulsory work for benefits invaded two branches of Tescos and picketed Poundstretcher and British Heart Foundation in Edinburgh today Saturday 3rd March.  Police dragged protestors out of Tescos, provoking protests and a virtual blockade of the store entrance by the police themselves.  Protests continued along the Bridges area of the city centre for almost 3 hours.
Initiated by Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty, the Edinburgh protest was one of 37 throughout the UK. The Boycott Workfare network called the Day of Action to oppose the government’s “workfare” schemes and companies profiting from “free forced labour”.

After gathering at Hunter Square in the Old Town, demonstrators moved off to companies participating in the “workfare” schemes.  A picket started at Tescos on South Bridge.  Meanwhile a second group marched into Tescos on Nicolson Street, distributing letters which proclaimed support for better wages and conditions for the workforce and promised Tescos bosses that unless they withdrew from workfare “our demonstrations at Tescos will continue and intensify.”  Police moved in to force demonstrators out of the store, but the protest continued for well over an hour at the entrance and frontage. 

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