SolFed anti workfare picket
Event date: July 04, 2012 13:00
Holland & Barrett, Bigg Market, Newcastle upon Tyne
Join SolFed members and supporters in a picket this Wednesday against Workfare and Holland and Barrett!
End Holland and Barrett exploiting workers and the unemployed. Together, let's end Workfare!
Holland and Barrett are set to become the biggest exploiters of unpaid labour with plans to take on thousands of work placements under the Tory Governments controversial workfare scheme. With over 1000 workfare placements mooted, this amounts to 1 in 4 staff in Holland and Barrett drawn from the unemployed, forced to work for nothing to retain their meagre benefits.
The government claims that Workfare provides people with valuable workplace experience that will make it much easier for them to find permanent employment. But this is just lies. Even the governments own research found that Workfare schemes made it harder not easier for jobseekers to find work.
A UK Government study into Workfare in the USA, Canada and Australia found that Workfare can reduce employment chances by limiting the time available for job search and by failing to provide the skills and experience valued by employers. The same study also found that Workfare is particularly ineffective at leading to work during periods of high unemployment.
The Solidarity Federation will be picketing the Newcastle Holland and Barrett store at the Bigg Market from 1pm onwards.