NO TO SLAVE LABOUR Demonstrate at Primark

NO TO SLAVE LABOUR

Demonstrate at
PRIMARK,
90-93 Princes Strreet
Edinburgh EH2 2ER
12 noon Sat 14 July
UK-wide week of action against workfare
Targetting Primark due to their large-scale use of “work-for-your-benefits” schemes across the UK

Organised by Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty
www.edinburghagainstpoverty.org.uk  ecap@lists.riseup.net

Boycott Workfare network www.boycottworkfare.org

Leaflets can be picked up from ACE, 17 W Montgomery Place EH7 5HA tuesdays 12-3pm, thursdays 6-8pm, sats 12-4pm (best to ring first on a sat if coming long way - 557 6242)

Contact us at ecap@lists.riseup.net if you would like to help leaflet job centres and/ or stick up posters and/or if you would like us to send you electronic copies of the flyers/ posters

Benefit gig for ECAP and ACE

 

PRESENTING a fundraiser for The Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty...

Leith Dockers Social Club,17-17A Academy Street, Edinburgh EH6 7EE
www.leithdockersclub.co.uk/
Friday 29th June
7:30PM
£3 at the door.
All extra donations welcomed.
All money goes to Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty and The Autonomous Centre Of Edinburgh.

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Unemployed win right to representation at Workfare provider A4e

Unemployed people in Edinburgh have won a significant victory by forcing workfare provider A4e to recognise that claimants on their programmes have the right to take their own representative to meetings with A4e.  For over two and a half years A4e have refused to recognise reps from Edinburgh Claimants, affiliated to Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty.  A4e often called the police to evict both rep and claimant from their offices in Edinburgh's Earl Grey Street!


MARCH 31ST DEMO AGAINST WORKFARE

Edinburgh stores occupied to oppose slave labour schemes

 Demonstrators in Edinburgh took direct action on the 31st March Britain-wide day of action against workfare.    Protestors occupied British Heart Foundation for an hour then invaded Poundstretcher – both heavily involved in the government’s compulsory “work-for-your-benefits” schemes.

 Marching into the British Heart Foundation’s large furniture store in Leith, demonstrators set up camp within the shop, displaying giant banners denouncing forced work for benefits, decorating windows and TVs with posters proclaiming “Workfare attacks both waged and unwaged”, and distributing Boycott Workfare leaflets everywhere.  Despite a sizeable police presence, the occupation continued for an hour.  Several would-be customers turned away when the reason for the demo was explained.

 Demo organisers Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty know significant numbers of unemployed people in Edinburgh have been forced to work in BHF charity shops under threat of their benefits being cut.  In the run-up to the demo ECAP wrote and phoned the British Heart Foundation at their Surrey HQ, to urge that they follow the lead of Shelter, Oxfam, Marie Curie and other charities and withdraw from all workfare schemes.  BHF responded by trying to justify their participation in the schemes.

Scottish GPs Vote to Scrap Work Capability Assessment

Scotland’s GP’s call for an end to controversial ‘fit for work’ tick-box tests carried out by French IT company ‘with immediate effect’

Scotland’s GP’s have today called to an end to the Government’s controversial computer-based ‘Work Capability Assessments’ carried out by French IT multinational Atos Origin for the DWP with ‘'immediate effect’:

 http://www.bma.org.uk/images/slmc2011agenda_tcm41-212139.pdf
60 Lothian: That this conference, in respect of Work Capability Assessments (WCA) as performed by ATOS Healthcare, believes that:

i. the inadequate computer-based assessments that are used have little regard to the nature or complexity of the needs of long term sick and disabled persons
ii. the WCA should end with immediate effect and be replaced with a rigorous and safe system that does not cause avoidable harm to some of the weakest and most vulnerable in society

The Scottish-based disability rights and advocacy group Black Triangle was instrumental in getting the motion tabled at the Scottish Local Medical Committee’s (SLMC) conference at Clydebank.

NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST WORKFARE - COME AND JOIN US

 

SAT 31ST MARCH - ACTION TO STOP WORKFARE Britain-wide day of action against forced unpaid labour....

MEET 12 NOON KIRKGATE SHOPPING CENTRE, FOOT OF LEITH WALK

To take action at companies and charities still using workfare conscripts- we say to those companies and charities still involved in his rip-off – stop now!

All welcome, bring banners, placards, whistles, drums....

Organised by Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty

WHY WE ARE AGAINST WORKFARE

Workfare is compulsory unpaid work for your benefits, under threat of your benefits being stopped if you refuse.

Workfare makes millions for multinational fraudsters like A4e who supply the free labour to employers.

Workfare undermines the pay and conditions of all workers.

Workfare punishes the unemployed, when the real cause of unemployment is the chaotic profit system.

LET'S MAKE WORKFARE UNWORKABLE!

Edinburgh Tescos invaded by anti-workfare protestors

Demonstrators opposing compulsory work for benefits invaded two branches of Tescos and picketed Poundstretcher and British Heart Foundation in Edinburgh today Saturday 3rd March.  Police dragged protestors out of Tescos, provoking protests and a virtual blockade of the store entrance by the police themselves.  Protests continued along the Bridges area of the city centre for almost 3 hours.
Initiated by Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty, the Edinburgh protest was one of 37 throughout the UK. The Boycott Workfare network called the Day of Action to oppose the government’s “workfare” schemes and companies profiting from “free forced labour”.

After gathering at Hunter Square in the Old Town, demonstrators moved off to companies participating in the “workfare” schemes.  A picket started at Tescos on South Bridge.  Meanwhile a second group marched into Tescos on Nicolson Street, distributing letters which proclaimed support for better wages and conditions for the workforce and promised Tescos bosses that unless they withdrew from workfare “our demonstrations at Tescos will continue and intensify.”  Police moved in to force demonstrators out of the store, but the protest continued for well over an hour at the entrance and frontage. 

Join us to demonstrate against Workfare

NO TO COMPULSORY
“WORK-FOR-YOUR-BENEFITS” SCHEMES

DEMONSTRATE IN EDINBURGH
MEET 12 NOON SATURDAY 3RD MARCH
HUNTER SQUARE, off SOUTH BRIDGE

We will be demonstrating at Companies exploiting free slave labour....as part of a UK-wide day of action

More and more people are opposing the Government's compulsory "work-for-your-benefits" schemes such as the Work Programme.  Sainsbury’s, Waterstones, TK Maxx, Marie Curie, and Oxfam have all pulled out of the schemes within the last few days.  Now we say to those companies and charities still involved in this rip-off – stop now! 

This “workfare” makes millions for multinational fraudsters like A4e who supply the free labour to employers.

Workfare undermines the pay and conditions of all workers.

Workfare punishes the unemployed, when the real cause of unemployment is the chaotic profit system.

LET'S MAKE WORKFARE UNWORKABLE!

We plan to continue action till workfare is stopped.  This is vital as the government is planning to extend workfare to many claimants on Employment and Support Allowance, paid to claimants too ill to work.

 

Meet 4pm Mon 5 March at ACE, 17 W Montgomery Place EH7 5HA to plan action for Sat 10 March.

We already know some of the employers using workfare here, but if you know of companies or charities in Edinburgh participating in the workfare schemes please do let us know.

CUTTING DISABILITY BENEFIT KILLS - PROCLAIM DEMONSTRATORS AT ATOS EDINBURGH BENEFITS TESTING CENTRE

 Cutting disability benefits kills!  That was the message from campaigners who protested at the ATOS benefits testing centre at York Place, Edinburgh on 16th December.  At the same time people demonstrated at ATOS in Glasgow, London and around Britain, as part of the UK-wide month of action against ATOS and the unfair sickness benefits tests.

 

 

Participants distributed Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty leaflets and plastered the ATOS building with posters and bannerrs, all denouncing ATOS and urging that no-one face them alone – anyone called in to one of the pernicious ATOS tests should always take a friend or adviser with them.  And if refused benefits you should always appeal – 40% of appeals are successful, rising to 70% when the claimant is represented.

 

DEMONSTRATE AGAINST SCROOGE. ANTI-ATOS FRIDAY 16TH DECEMBER

RESIST THE ATTACKS ON THE SICK AND PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

SAY NO TO THE UNFAIR TESTS CUTTING SICKNESS & DISABILITY BENEFITS

GATHER AT THE ATOS BENEFITS TESTING CENTRE, 44 YORK PLACE, EDINBURGH

THIS COMING FRIDAY 16 DECEMBER 10AM - 12 NOON

PART OF THE UK-WIDE MONTH OF ACTION AGAINST ATOS

“Thousands of seriously ill cancer patients will be forced to take medical tests and face "back to work" interviews, despite assurances from ministers that they would not make it harder for the sick to get welfare, charities have warned.Buried in a report to ministers by Prof Malcolm Harrington, the government adviser on testing welfare recipients, are proposals to force cancer patients who are undergoing intravenous chemotherapy to prove they are too ill to work.”

(Guardian 6.12.11 http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/dec/06/cancer-patients-welfare-wo... )

This is what awaits us unless we get organised to resist. Already tens of thousands of ill people are being subjected to the Work Capability Assesments, disqualified from sickness benefits and thrown onto Job Seekers Allowance, where they face compulsory work-for-your-benefits forced labour schemes.

ATOS are the multinational company with a £500 million contract from the government to carry out the tests which are central to deciding whether or not people get sickness benefits.

This is all part of the wider attack on the majority of us, to try and make us pay for the greed of the rich and the crisis in their chaotic capitalist system.

Join us in this protest and in leafleting and showing solidarity with claimants going into ATOS. If possible, bring placards, banners, whistles, drums, whatever you would hope to find.

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