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6 June 2012

YFJ condemns use of slave labour during Jubilee weekend

30 unpaid workers and another 50 on just £2.80 an hour were forced to work 14-hour shifts in illegal conditions on the day of the Jubilee Thames flotilla

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18 April 2012

Usdaw conference

Time to fight the attacks on pay and working conditions: From workfare to Sunday trading hours, to shop closures and redundancies, issues affecting the retail sector have featured prominently in the national news over the last few months, writes an Usdaw member.

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The Jarrow March for Jobs 2011 ends with a demonstration in London on 5 November , photo Sujeeth

The Jarrow March for Jobs 2011 ends with a demonstration in London on 5 November , photo Sujeeth

11 April 2012

Living to work, not working to live

I went on the government's workfare scheme out of sheer desperation, having been unemployed for over two years. My dad took early retirement so I had to start bringing more money in, writes a supermarket worker.

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21 March 2012

No to workfare - fight for a genuine alternative

Cait Reilly, one of the young people forced to work for free under the existing schemes is in the process of a judicial review of the government's workfare policies, writes Paul Callanan

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Youth Fight for Jobs protest against Workfare in Stratford's Westfield shopping centre in London 25 February 2012, photo Senan

7 March 2012


"Give us jobs NOT slave labour": On 3 March, Youth Fight for Jobs organised and took part in anti-workfare demos up and down the country

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7 March 2012

Clegg receives anti-workfare message in Cardiff

Youth Fight for Jobs and Cardiff Trades Council demonstrated outside the Welsh Liberal Democrats spring conference on Saturday to oppose the government's workfare scheme

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Workfare protest targets A4e, photo Socialist Party

Workfare protest targets A4e, photo Socialist Party

7 March 2012

A4e - The inside story

The welfare state is now a lucrative business - Emma Harrison's contract as A4e chief was worth around £200 million

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Protesting against slave labour schemes outside Tesco in Leytonstone, London, Feb 2012, photo by Suzanne Beishon

1 March 2012

Compulsion in 'work experience' scheme dropped

In another nail in the coffin of workfare, the government has dropped threats to stop benefits if people pull out part way through their 'work experience'

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1 March 2012

Youth Fight for Jobs says escalate protests for the scrapping of 'workfare' and the creation of decent jobs!

Following retreats by the government on its flagship ‘work experience’ schemes, YFJ has called a 'day of action' on Budget Day and is calling for trade unions and anti-workfare campaigns to jointly discuss organising a mass demo against slave labour in the summer

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TUSC Against Cuts

29 February 2012

Working class needs real political opposition to Con-Dem millionaires

Over the last week the Socialist Party has been hysterically attacked in the right-wing capitalist press for our opposition to slave labour workfare schemes

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Protesting against workfare in Leeds, February 2012, photo Iain Dalton

29 February 2012

McWorkfare - "Let's campaign until it's stopped completely"

On Monday protesters were at McDonald's in Sheffield to voice disgust at the Con-Dems' forced labour schemes. Also read on for reports from Leeds, Birmingham and Wakefield

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29 February 2012

Interview with a jobcentre worker

What workfare really means: Workfare is a catch-all term used to describe the various unpaid work schemes the government operates through the Department for Work and Pensions

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29 February 2012

We won't work for free!

Workfare? Fair it's certainly not! The bankers help cause the biggest economic crisis in generations and get rewarded with billions. Yet ordinary people are now being told to work for free.

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29 February 2012

A4e: workfare vultures in crisis

On Friday 24 February, as a storm of public anger grew around the Con-Dem government's cheap slave labour workfare schemes, Youth Fight for Jobs protested outside the office of A4e in Westminster armed with chants of "A, A, A4e, tell them we won't work for free!", writes Ian Pattison, Youth Fight for Jobs.

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YFJ  'West field Workhouse' protest action against workfare in the Westfield shopping centre, Stratford, East London, photo Sarah Wrack

27 February 2012

Protests saying 'no' to slave labour workfare

Lewisham Socialist Party members held a very lively protest outside McDonalds on Saturday. Other protests took place in Cardiff and elsewhere

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27 February 2012

Fighting workfare - YFJ to target McDonalds

Paul Callanan, national organiser of Youth Fight for Jobs said: "After the success of the demonstration at Westfield shopping centre in East London on Saturday we are now going to step up the action...

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Paul Callanan, Youth Fight for Jobs, photo BBC

25 February 2012

Video: BBC Newsnight studio guest Youth Fight for Jobs' Paul Callanan condemns workfare

On Friday's Newsnight, YFJ organiser Paul Callanan condemned the government's slave labour scheme and said young people should be offered paid jobs instead. If you agree, and want to fight against workfare and other government attacks, then join the Socialist Party now to campaign with us! Click the 'Join' tab above.

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For Real Jobs not Workfare - Youth Fight for Jobs protest outside Tesco, photo Suzanne Beishon

22 February 2012

For real jobs - not workfare

As unemployment rises the vultures are circling. Among the biggest is Tesco. But they met huge opposition when they advertised a full-time, permanent position for which you would receive a meagre dole payment plus expenses

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20 February 2012

Mass anger forces more companies to abandon workfare schemes

After protests hit London, Manchester and Leeds at the weekend, alongside an onslaught upon Tesco's presence in social media the company and others are feeling the squeeze

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17 February 2012

Slave labour retail jobs scandal

Over the past few months the government's work experience scheme has come under increasing scrutiny. It attempts to introduce slave labour for the young unemployed

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