Despite the success of the Workfare week of action the other week, there is still plenty of work to do to stop the scheme. There are still many people who are not sure what the scheme is and they are not helped along by the silence of the media or the confusing number of aliases the government runs the scheme under.
However, public support and awareness can make a huge difference and has already pushed companies to pull out of the scheme in light of the negative public reaction.
To find out more we caught up with Joanna from Boycott Workfare – the grassroots campaign group set up by individuals affected by the scheme to help others with information, knowing their rights, and also to expose and protest against companies involved.
The interview took place in a sunny park, so please excuse the sound in some parts:
“Chris Grayling’s really annoyed that campaigners have set the agenda on the language around this but we’re naming it for what it is which is forced unpaid labour in the UK.”
“Some of the only information in the public domain about whether you are eligible for these schemes is from Freedom Of Information requests the campaign has been able to do to put that information out there. The government would rather we had no idea about our rights and were just subject to the will of the job-centre or the work programme providers and just had to obey on threat of starvation.”
Joanna – Boycott Workfare