Saturday, 23 November 2013

Islington Boycott Workfare - Sun 8 Dec

Marks And Spencer, Pay Your Workers!


As part of Boycott Workfare's week of action (2-8 Dec), Radical Islington are calling for people to protest outside the Marks and Spencer store on Holloway Road, in opposition to their use of workfare.

Join us at 1pm on Sunday 8 December to voice your opposition to unpaid labour and greedy bosses!

M&S have recently boasted about providing 'placements' to 1,400 young people. This is a huge extension of their workfare scheme, which has already seen over a thousand people work without pay for the company, including single parents. This represents 2% of their workforce not being paid! Meanwhile, the company's profits amounted to more than £500M last year.

So come and protest against this unashamed use of workfare!

When: Sun 8th Dec, 1pm
Where: Marks and Spencer, 422 Holloway Road, N7

This action is supported by Feminist Fightback and North London Solidarity Federation.

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Workfare is a government scheme in which unemployed people are bullied into working for their Jobseekers' Allowance benefits. People on the Workfare scheme are forced to stack shelves for up to 30 hours a week, working out to an hourly wage of just £1.60. 

Workfare profits the rich by providing free labour, whilst threatening the poor by taking away welfare rights if people refuse to work without a living wage. It affects all of us by reducing jobs and giving employers the green light to cut hours and reduce wages.

In response to a growing movement of opposition to the Workfare scheme, a number of companies have quit the programme, while the government has released a steady stream of untruths. So join the movement!