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Boycott Workfare Oxford Street London Protest In Pictures

Boycott Workfare Oxford Street London Protest In Pictures

On Saturday morning at around 11.30am I joined a merry band of around 60 protesters who were part of Boycott Workfare London outside the BHS store on London’s famed shopping mecca… Oxford Street! A street I really do hate!

Let me fill you in on what the protest was about. Boycott Workforce is a campaign that has the aim of ending forced unpaid labour for people who receive welfare benefits. Loads of big highly profitable companies including Primark, Pizza Hut, Holland and Barrett, McDonald’s, Poundland, Holiday Inn and many more have embraced the scheme. And why wouldn’t they? The companies are getting free employee’s!

For the full low down on what Boycott Workfare is all about… visit their informative website and take a look. Don’t just blindly believe everything thing this Government of rich boys and girls tells you, or the British press who have become as corrupt as the politicians. They are really are in it together!

I’m all for having unemployed people do something constructive to get themselves back into work. Whether that be through training, education or work experience. But not free work experience! The bottom line is that very few of the people these huge corporation take on via the Workfare scheme actually get a real full-time job. Note I have said full-time jobs! Employing people for 7 hours a week is nothing but bull shit!

Let me tell you what happens when certain companies – for legal reasons I cannot name and shame them – get an endless supply of free modern day slaves! Well… it’s obvious, this system actually leads to them employing less people, and their paid employee actually end up with less hours, shorter shifts and less overtime! It’s a fact!

The Boycott Workfare Oxford Street protest on Saturday began outside BHS. The starting point for the protest was symbolic as the company recently pulled out of the disgraceful forced labour scheme due to bad publicity. The protesters stopped outside a couple of McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Holland and Barrett, a quick visit into a shopping centre and finally ending at the Holiday Inn hotel on Wellbeck Street. On a couple of occasions protesters managed to enter the scab shops only to be forcefully eject by the police!

Boycott Workfare Oxford Street London Protest In Pictures

Bad publicity is never a good thing so I wonder how long it will be until every single company that currently enjoys free labour will be shamed into seeing the error of their ways…

I personally think England is heading to a bad place…mark my words I fear, and I really do fear that the London riots we witnessed last year are nothing compared to what lies ahead. You heard it hear first! All because the rich want to get richer…

2 Comments

  1. You have captured some great pictures of the protest. The police look typically unimpressed…

  2. Susan, thanks and the cops always do…

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