IWW/ECAP Boycott Workfare.

The Edinburgh Branch of IWW joins in solidarity with Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty(ECAP) ‘s ongoing campaign against workfare.

Workfare is an attack on not only the unemployed and disabled but also on workers too.

Since our principle is “An Injury to One is an injury to all” we believe it is important we work with ECAP in the struggle for a more just society.

As this demonstration involves the Salvation Army(Or as we like to call them, The Starvation Army) an organisation which the IWW has historic bad blood with, we are more than keen to help.

This our event for the jointly called demo as advertised on our facebook page.

Here is the call out which ECAP published,

11am onwards Sat 31st January at Salvation Army charity shop, 36 Earl Grey Street, by Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9BN   

(Earl Grey St is an extension of Lothian Rd, its the last block before Tollcross – 10 minutes walk from west end of Princes St.)

The Salvation Army are a notorious user of the government slave labour schemes which force unemployed claimants and some sick and disabled claimants to work for nothing – or face benefit sanctions. This particular Salvation Army shop is currently exploiting claimants forced to labour for no wages on the Mandatory Work Activity scheme, run locally by Learndirect.

Workfare undermines all workers wages and conditions and is an attack on waged and unwaged alike.  Our actions locally have already prompted charities like Cancer Research UK to withdraw from the workfare schemes run by Learndirect.  Let’s make workfare unworkable!  Our message to rip-off employers is simple – if you exploit us we will shut you down!

All welcome – join the fightback to make austerity policies unworkable.

Organised jointly by ECAP and Edinburgh Branch Industrial Workers of the World
IWW – eastscotland@iww.org.uk   www.iww.org.uk

FIND US

EDINBURGH COALITION AGAINST POVERTY is based at the Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh (ACE), an open campaign space, infoshop and wholefoods co-op, providing resources and solidarity. Resources available include computer/internet access, cheap copying, free leaflets, books, pamphlets and mags for sale, a small wholefoods shop, and a library.
Every tuesday from 12 noon till 3pm support and solidarity is available for benefits and debt hassles, housing and other problems.  Please contact us at Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty c/o ACE, 17 West Montgomery Place, Edinburgh EH7 5HA   0131 557 6242 ecap@lists.riseup.net   We invite you to join our solidarity phone tree, and get involved.
ACE is also open every Saturday 11am-6pm and Thursday 6-8pm, and other times for particular events (but the support and solidarity sessions are only on Tuesdays).

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