SLSF Press release on week of action against workfare
FIGHTING AGAINST WORKFARE
South London Solidarity Federation will be joining a week of action against Holland and Barrett's involvement in workfare from 7th to 14th July. The week will see stores picketed all over the country and SLSF are calling protests outside several South London branches of the multinational-owned store.
Workfare involves job-seekers working for their benefit at businesses that would otherwise need to employ people. If they refuse they can have their benefits stopped. This is a massive subsidy to Holland and Barrett – usually employers expect to pay at least minimum wage for workers.
The group are keen to stress that the protest is not just aimed at the use of subsidised coerced labour. Member Jack Foster said: “Workfare is an attack on all workers; firms like Holland & Barrett and Argos have cut the hours of regular staff and used workfare placements to take their place.”
The group are also keen to hear from people affected by workfare: if you have been forced to work for your benefits, or have lost shifts or hours because your employer has had workers for free, please tell your stories.