Demonstrators besiege Leith Jobcentre – police manhandle protesters out of building

Demonstrators besieged Leith Job Centre in Edinburgh on 11th July to oppose the 30% sanctions target set by a  new manager there.  Police manhandled protesters who entered the building and announced that the Public  Order Act was in force.  Part of the Boycott Workfare Week of Action Against Workfare, the demo denounced all work-for-your-benefits schemes, and proclaimed…

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DWP sanctions cranked up

NO TO SANCTIONS TARGETS AT LEITH JOB CENTRE! DEMONSTRATE THURSDAY 11th JULY 10am – 12 noon NO TO SANCTIONS – NO TO WORKFARE – NO TO AUSTERITY Gather 10am onwards at Leith Job Centre, 199 Commercial Street, EH6 6QP Part of the Boycott Workfare Week of Action against Workfare   The Department For Workfare and…

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DO I HAVE TO CREATE A UNIVERSAL JOBMATCH ACCOUNT?

Check out our links page for further information. The Jobcentre adviser has no power to just tell you that you have to create a Universal Jobmatch account. Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty have supported several unemployed claimants who have successfully declined to create a Universal Jobmatch account, without suffering any sanctions. You can only be forced…

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May Day For Workfare Exploiters

May Day in Edinburgh saw anti workfare demonstrators touring companies and charities using unpaid forced labour.  Starting with an excursion into the giant Homebase at St Leonards the protestors from Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty went on to visit no fewer than 7 exploiting employers. At Homebase demonstrators roamed the store putting up stickers – THIS EMPLOYER USES FORCED UNPAID…

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