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London May Day 2012 - Against Workfare

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Apr 9 2012 15:55
London May Day 2012 - Against Workfare

MEET: 12:00pm @ Clerkenwell Green.

RE-CONVERGE: 16:00pm @ West One Shopping Centre (by Bond Street tube)

MAP OF LOCATIONS: http://g.co/maps/wx93f

On May Day we are calling on all those fighting back against the government's austerity plans to join us in taking direct action against companies participating in the workfare schemes. Instead of standing around and listening to speeches at the end of the TUC march we will be heading straight into the West end to regroup and start taking action.

Workfare is a range of government schemes that make people on benefits work for their dole. The government and some in the media present it as a way of encouraging people back into work by gaining experience. This ignores two things – first, there are not enough jobs available for those who want them; and second, workfare placements themselves are taking jobs away from paid workers.

The companies using workfare all make large profits. The work being done would need to be done anyway. By getting forced labour to do it for free, the companies' profits will grow. Their regular workers are often on low pay themselves and find their overtime cut and pay held back because of the forced labour schemes.

Bosses prefer not having to pay for workers. Instead, we are all paying to subsidise their profits. Protests have already forced some to pull out of the scheme. Let's make it all of them.

May Day became International Workers Day because of the anarchists killed by the US state during the struggle for the eight-hour working day. Now we are struggling to ensure that workers get paid and those out of work or unable to work are not forced to work for their benefits.

When the march has finished, instead of standing around to listen to the likes of Tony Benn bore on, head into the West end and start to target the companies benefiting from forced labour!

South London Solidarity Federation
North London Solidarity Federation

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Apr 9 2012 16:27

Excellent!
See you in the West End.

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Apr 11 2012 16:00

The map is a great idea. Do you have any updated info on which companies/charities are in or out of the various schemes? There was some useful stuff on Johnny Void and Boycott Workfare at the start of March but I don't know how up to date any of it is now.

http://johnnyvoid.wordpress.com/2012/03/02/weekend-of-online-action-against-workfare-saturday-3rd-sunday-4th-march/

http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?page_id=16

A reliable list of targets is what I'm after. Tyneside Anti-Cuts Network will be organising flash workfare pickets as part of the Newcastle Mayday march on May 5th.

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Apr 15 2012 15:16

*Cheeky bump*.

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Apr 25 2012 17:46

'Ey, that's exciting!

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Apr 25 2012 23:54

BOOOOOOOOM! Mr. T

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Apr 29 2012 18:20

Over 600 views on that map already!

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Apr 30 2012 02:43

easy now fellas. you knows 1000 views only means about 3-10 bodies on the streets! lol laugh out loud

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Apr 30 2012 08:52

half of the views are probably SLSF members checking how many views there's been

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Apr 30 2012 16:24

lol

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Apr 30 2012 17:00

Weather's shaping up to be nice tomorrow!

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Apr 30 2012 18:04

There will be anti-workfare demos in Egham at the Tescos at 10:00 and then in Staines at 12:00.

Surrey / Hants AF, Staines Anarchists plus others will be there.

Solidarity forever!