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Sunday, 5 October 2014

KUWG Congress House demo, Mon 6 Oct, 1-2pm, kicks off KUWG's input to Boycott Workfare Week of Action

Mon 6 oct 1 - 2 pm, TUC Congress House
23-28 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3LS
(nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road)
Then 3 - 4 pm at CBI, 78 Cannon St, London EC4N 6HN (tube: Bank)


On Mon 6 Oct, we are finally holding our first protest during Boycott Workfare’s week of action: http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=3736

It first started on 1 Aug. That’s when the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and Confederation of British Industries (CBI) jointly announced, under the guise of “traineeships”, to back workfare! [1]

Even unionised Jobcentre staff (members of Public & Commercial Services Union, PCS) have publicly condemned this deal:

Because instead of demanding decent wages, TUC & CBI will supply McDonalds, Toyota, Virgin Media, BT, Vodafone, Phones4U, Siemens, Capita, local councils & many more [2] with unpaid staff for up to 6 months on benefits alone [3] without any obligations to hire them!
How much leave will, say,  billionaire Sir Richard Branson of Virgin give his slave labour? Branson profits through workfare and networking at taxpayer's expense, treating a throughput of 'work experience' fodder as slave labour and treating staff of his throwaway companies as easily expendable. How Virgin Healthy is that?

Knowing first hand how unemployed people get harassed into workfare, get declined lunch & travel expenses to such workfares, get sanctioned or threatened with sanctions either during workfares or if they oppose them, we know that, no matter how much TUC denies this, TUC is now backing Workfare!

Join our protest to end this shoddy deal with Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group (KUWG) - many of whom are members of Unite Community Union.

Mon 6 oct 1 - 2 pm, TUC Congress House
23-28 Great Russell St, London WC1B 3LS
(nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road)
Then 3 - 4 pm at CBI, 78 Cannon St, London EC4N 6HN (tube: Bank)
We demand from TUC:
  • Terminate Traineeship deal with CBI & make it public!
  • Always consult your unemployed members before making decisions over our heads.
  • Don’t get involved in any workplace negotiations unless real wages & decent working conditions are offered. 
Link to Danny Dorling's New Statesman article 'Generation Jobless'

We demand from CBI:
  • Terminate Traineeships & make it public!
  • Offer real jobs at decent wages & working conditions, not “work experience placements”.
  • End corporate scrounging - stop exploiting the young & unemployed at tax payers’ expense!  

[2] Download “List of eligible providers for the traineeship programme” here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/traineeships-eligible-providers

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