Stop Workfare Now!

On top of all the insults that this Government has heaved upon people by way of any number of policies without public support, workfare, and the idea of having to work for your benefits is one of the most insidious.

This on top of record unemployment, especially among the young,  most of it caused directly by government policies.

A major campaign is underway against the businesses and charities which benefit from this free slave labour and a number of them have changed their mind, as below.

Help stop it now by signing the petition below.

PETITION against Workfare, the labour for ‘benefits’ scheme.

Latest: See Right To Work

Boycott Workfare

UPDATES :

Superdrug – We won’t be taking any new work placements until the scheme is voluntary and candidates do not lose benefits if they don’t participate.

TESCO is now offering payment on par with other staff… Yay!

TKMaxx, Marie Curie, out. 20/2 – Maplins and Matalan pulled out of Workfare altogether.  Oxfam and Shelter, Waterstones and Sainsbury’s pull out.    🙂

Some businesses (and charities) can’t resist the opportunity to exploit the poor. Here is a full up to date list of those STILL using workfare:

———————- THE PALE —————–

Age UK – policy under review.

Arcadia (Sir Philip Green, tax avoider, paying 0% tax on over £1bn profits)

Asda

ATS

BHF –

BHS – British Home Stores [1]

Boots – is saying involvement is up to local stores…

Burger King

Burton

Age Concern

Argos

Asian Star Community Radio LTD

Barnardos

Bookers Wholesale

Carillion – Kent

British Heart Foundation

Capability Scotland

Cancer Research

DB Accident Repair – Kent

DC Cleaning Sussex

Diamond Glass Medway – Kent

Dorothy Perkins [1

]Envirostream – Kent

Evans [1]

Finsbury Park Business Forum

F&S Interiors – Kent

Go Response – Kent

Helen & Douglas House Hospice – Maidenhead

HMV [3] –  is saying involvement is up to local stores…

Holiday Inn

Holland & Barrett

Gorgie City Farm

Greggs the bakers

JA Glover – Kent

Jessup Electrical Wholesale Ltd – Kent

JJ Vickers & Sons Ltd – Kent

Kennedy Scott

Kent Flooring Supplies – Kent

Kent Space – Kent

Tussauds [2]

Mayhem Paintball – Kent

McDonald’s

Medway Council

Medway Tyres – Kent

Miss Selfridge

Mr Gleam – Sussex

Newham Council

Newhaven Community Development

Olympic Glass – Kent

Omnico Plastics Ltd – Kent

Outfit

Payless – Kent

PDSA

Pizza Hut –  is saying involvement is up to local stores…

Plumbase – Kent

Poundland – policy under review…

Poundstretcher

PPDG

Primark

Process Plant Services Ltd – Kent

RBLI

Regency Guillotine – Kent

Richmond Fellowship

Romney Resource Kent

Royal Mail

RNR Performance Cars – Kent

Saffron Acres Project

Salvation Army

Savers

SERCO

Scout Enterprises

Servest – Kent, London

SHOC

Slough Homeless

Signs & Imaging Ltd – Kent

Slough Library

Slough Furniture Project

Southern Membranes Ltd – Kent

Southern Metal Services – Kent

southern Roofing & Building Supplies – Kent

Stephens Fresh Food – Kent

Swan Lifeline – Windsor

Topman [1]

Topshop [1]

The Range – Sussex

Town and Country Cleaners Kent

Wallis [1]

Westvic Enamellers – Kent

WHSmith

Whittingtons Silk Flower & Plant Centre – Kent

Wilkinsons

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Don’t pick sides, stop the bloodshed.

This is Prof. Michel Chossudovsky’s comments on the Observers’ Mission Report of the League of Arab States to Syria:

The report acknowledges the existence of  “an armed entity” involved in the killings of civilians and police as well as the conduct of terrorist acts, which in turn have contributed to triggering actions by government forces.

The Report refers to “armed opposition groups” as well as to the “Free Syrian Army”,  both of which, according to the AL Mission, are involved in the deliberate killing of innocent civilians:

“In some zones, this armed entity reacted by attacking Syrian security forces and citizens, causing the Government to respond with further violence. In the end, innocent citizens pay the price for those actions with life and limb. 

In Homs, Idlib and Hama, the Observer Mission witnessed acts of violence being committed against Government forces and civilians that resulted in several deaths and injuries. Examples of those acts include the bombing of a civilian bus, killing eight persons and injuring others, including women and children, and the bombing of a train carrying diesel oil. In another incident in Homs, a police bus was blown up, killing two police officers. A fuel pipeline and some small bridges were also bombed. ”

“Such incidents include the bombing of buildings, trains carrying fuel, vehicles carrying diesel oil and explosions targeting the police, members of the media and fuel pipelines. Some of those attacks have been carried out by the Free Syrian Army and some by other armed opposition groups.”

The Mission also underscored to role of media distortion in the coverage of events in Syria as well as the campaign to discredit ithe Mission’s findings:

“The Mission noted that many parties falsely reported that explosions or violence had occurred in several locations. When the observers went to those locations, they found that those reports were unfounded.

The Mission also noted that, according to its teams in the field, the media exaggerated the nature of the incidents and the number of persons killed in incidents and protests in certain towns.”

The Report also underscored attempts to discredit the Mission and dismiss its findings:

Arab and foreign audiences of certain media organizations have questioned the Mission’s credibility because those organizations use the media to distort the facts. It will be difficult to overcome this problem unless there is political and media support for the Mission and its mandate. It is only natural that some negative incidents should occur as it conducts its activities because such incidents occur as a matter of course in similar missions.

Also of significace were attempts by officials of AL governments to pressure several of the observers into providing “exaggerated accounts of events”.

Some observers reneged on their duties and broke the oath they had taken. They made contact with officials from their countries and gave them exaggerated accounts of events. Those officials consequently developed a bleak and unfounded picture of the situation.

Also of significance is the fact that the Mission acknowledged that peaceful protests by unarmed civilians against the government were not the object of government crackdowns:

group team leaders [of the Observation mission] witnessed peaceful demonstrations by both Government supporters and the opposition in several places. None of those demonstrations were disrupted, except for some minor clashes with the Mission and between loyalists and opposition. These have not resulted in fatalities since the last presentation before the Arab Ministerial Committee on the Situation in Syria at its meeting of 8 January 2012.

While the Mission does not identify the foreign powers behind “the armed entity”, the report dispels the mainstream media lies and fabrications. It largely confirms independent media reports including Global Research’s coverage of the armed insurrection since April 2011.