Plan an action at a Jobcentre or workfare exploiter near you - let us know about actions and leafletting on this group or email firstname.lastname@example.org
And help spread the word!
Edinburgh: flyering all week and a demo on Saturday 7th
Cardiff: Wednesday, December 4 at 6:30pm
Marks and Spencer - 72/76 Queen Street, Cardiff
- Noise Demo at workfare industry converence at the University of London, 12.30pm 2nd Decemeber
- Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group demo at Hammersmith Job Centre against the introduction of Universal Credit. Meet 11am on Wednesday 4th December at Hammersmith Job Centre, Glenn House, 22 Glenthorne Road, W6 0PP
- M&S picket, Islington > Sunday 8th December 1pm outside Holloway Road M&S http://islingtoninciter.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/islington-boycott-workfare-sun-8-dec.html
- M&S picket, Wood Green > Sunday 8th December 2pm outside Wood Green High Road M&S
Reading: Saturday 7th 4pm at Reading town centre. Planning meeting for the action on Tuesday at 7pm https://www.facebook.com/events/343517235789436/
In January this year, 110,000 people had their benefits stopped – ‘sanctioned’ – in a social security system that now leaves people with nothing for up to three years.
The government has not revealed how many thousands of people have been sanctioned since then, but it looks clear that more than a million people will have faced sanctions - and the hunger, pressure on families and stress they cause - by the end of the year.
Workfare, which forces people to work without pay and pushes those in work out of their jobs, is still the government’s ‘flagship’ solution for the unemployed. Osborne’s latest workfare proposal is more than twice the length of a maximum community service sentence. (List of companies and charities involved here: http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?page_id=16 )
The chances are you probably know someone who has faced the hardship and stress of sanctions – which means you’ll know that these devastating decisions are handed out for the pettiest of reasons.
It’s time to take action, and to push back against sanctions as we have against workfare. Whether you’re on your own or in a group, take part in the week of action.
To get things started why not sign the petition calling for all benefit sanctions to be scrapped without exceptions: http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/benefit-sanctions-must-be-stopped-without-exceptions-in-uk
Follow Boycott Workfare on twitter @boycottworkfare