Picket in Holloway during the national day of action against workfare
As the stores coped with increased demand, Christmas season traditionally meant opportunities for temporary work in retail. This is changing. Under the guise of work experience, businesses increasingly take on benefit claimants instead. For today’s picket we chose shops where we heard this was happening. We started at Superdrug and later moved to Argos. We held pickets outside, where we engaged with customers. We also went to the shops and talked to staff – if we don't stop workfare together, it may replace their jobs too.
Workfare is hurting all of us, workers and those unemployed. Paid work is increasingly replaced with unpaid forced labour. It's an attack on us all. We press on with our message to the bosses – workfare has to stop.