Photos of the anti-workfare demo in Nottingham City Centre on 23/3/2013


Here are photos of the anti-workfare demo in the snow, that took place in Nottingham City Centre yesterday to highlight the continuing scandal of forced unpaid work for people who receive welfare. Four shops were visited that are involved with workfare (Burton, British Heart Foundation, Debenhams, Poundland). Leaflets were handed out and shops were entered to speak with workers and customers. 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.

The Boycott Workfare campaign, which is acting as an umbrella for actions such as the Nottingham one organised by Notts Against Workfare, has compiled a list of workfare providers including the four visited on Saturday in Nottingham and is also asking for information about any other shops or companies who are using workfare (they may be local independent businesses as well as the more well known high street names). You can contact Nottingham Against Workfare by emailing nottsagainstworkfare [at] riseup.net and visit the Facebook page to find out more (details here: https://nottssos.org.uk/2013/03/01/burton-blockade-against-workfare-saturday-23rd-march-2013-2-00pm/ ).

Also read this shocking evidence of a ‘league table’ amongst Job Centres who are competing over targets for getting claimants ‘referred’ for supposedly not complying with precise rules for job searching etc., showing that the attack on welfare is concerted and ongoing with the complicity of Job Centre managers who are doing the government’s bidding and who are making hitting targets a performance measure for staff who work there:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/mar/21/jobcentre-set-targets-benefit-sanctions
Jobcentre was set targets for benefit sanctions, The Guardian, 21/3/2013.

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4 responses to “Photos of the anti-workfare demo in Nottingham City Centre on 23/3/2013

  1. Really well done to the people who braved the sub-arctic conditions. Sorry I couldn’t be there with you.

  2. Unfortunately we have a Government who will pay no attention whatsoever.
    They even ignore their own advisors (Harrington). But don’t give up, these heartless so-and-sos won’t be in power for ever!
    Well done everyone!

  3. Update on Job Centre referral targets…
    Lords reject inquiry into whether jobcentres have sanctions targets. Government defeats motion to investigate if managers are being given quotas to get people off benefits
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/mar/26/lords-reject-jobcentre-sanctions-targets

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