Workfare’s in trouble. Time to finish it off.

Throughout this year, there’s been a steady flow of actions against workfare. In recent days, two stories have shown how effective this campaign is: the British Heart Foundation have put out a press release attempting to distance themselves from the scheme, and, even more damningly, it’s become clear how desperate the government are to keep the names of workfare providers secret. As they put it:
“Previous targeted campaigns had resulted in the withdrawal of providers from MWA and WE [work experience]. The DWP considered that, of all the workfare programmes being described externally as ‘workfare schemes’, the MWA programme was the most likely to be influenced by pressure from campaign groups and negative publicity, given that MWA programmes were generally provided by charitable organisations … and the placements were mandatory… Put simply, disclosure [of names] would have been likely to have led to the collapse of the MWA scheme.”
The collapse of the mandatory work activity scheme. That’s not the kind of inflated optimism you often get from activists giving pep talks, that’s the government’s own lawyers arguing that keeping the names of workfare providers secret is the only way to stop mandatory work activity from collapsing. We can win this one. Let’s make the DWP’s nightmares a reality.
If you want to be a part of the campaign that makes workfare collapse, a good place to join in would be the national week of action starting December 8th.


About nothingiseverlost

"The impulse to fight against work and management is immediately collective. As we fight against the conditions of our own lives, we see that other people are doing the same. To get anywhere we have to fight side by side. We begin to break down the divisions between us and prejudices, hierarchies, and nationalisms begin to be undermined. As we build trust and solidarity, we grow more daring and combative. More becomes possible. We get more organized, more confident, more disruptive and more powerful."
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