Freelance writer from Cornwall
Boycott Workfare and Haringey Solidarity Group today occupied the premises of Urban Futures in protest at ther involvement in the government’s Community Work Placement scheme – better known as workfare.
Hidden away on an industrial estate in Wood Green London, Urban Futures run a training centre where unemployed people are sent by Jobcentres to be processed and referred to workfare with local so-called charities. Today protesters visited the company with the aim of speaking to the inmates forced to attend under threat of benefit sanctions. On entering the offices, one person politely explained the reason the action was taking place whilst others began to hand out leaflets.
The mood quickly turned ugly. Urban Futures staff, presumably furious at having their authority undermined, began tearing up the campaigners leaflets whilst others started grabbing and illegally seizing personal property. Protesters were repeatedly pushed and manhandled whilst one management looking type laughed at…
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