Struggles, Workers

Workfare policies

A series of protests are set to take place at various locations across the country from the 16th to the 24th March in order to protest against the government’s latest decisions on this matter.


Las políticas del 01The workfare system, introduced by the British government in order to allow companies to employ workers without having to pay them for their services, is facing opposition from numerous sectors.

These groups support the boycott of both the harsh policies, which they believe to be grossly unfair for workers, and of the businesses that were quick to join this government initiative.

British companies such as Superdrug and Argos along with the US fast food chain, McDonalds, accepted the scheme and followed the government plan of hiring unpaid workers.  However, over the last year, these companies have been boycotted by protests and picket lines organised by pressure groups.

These groups claim that the new system is only worsening the current situation as it is being used to replace real job positions.  This is the case in various firms which hire unpaid workers, particularly for filling seasonal positions such as at Christmas.

Las políticas del 05It is not just large firms that are incorporating this scheme however.  Following protests, several charities have pulled out and now no longer support the initiative but others, such as The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), the Salvation Army and the Sue Ryder Foundation, show no regrets and continue to employ unpaid workers.

The Boycott Workfare platform has organised a week of action from 18th to 24th March in order to protest against these policies.  Locations where protests will take place over these dates include Brighton, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Leeds, at different points across the cities.

Protests will also take place in London in areas such as Kentish Town and Elephant and Castle on Saturday 16th and 23rd March.

Date and location: 18th-24th March. Various UK cities.

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(Translated by Rebecca Hayhurst)

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