Casual labour and unpaid work

Casual labour and unpaid work – by Kevin Smith

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Holland & Barrett pickets.

H&B really are taking the piss; having announced that no less than a quarter of their workforce is to be unpaid – and heavily subsidised by the taxpayer through the offices of Chris Grayling’s mendacious cronies.

So it was with some relish that we descended on our local purveyors of quack remedies to neurotic old hippies. Under the banner of Wessex Solidarity, members of IWW, Solent Solfed, Portsmouth Anarchists, Bournemouth Uncut and Surrey/Hants Afed picketed two branches of this bogus medicine show, later we were joined by a couple of SWP. A letter was handed to staff explaining the action along with a copy of Solfed’s Workfare Pamphlet.

Our ginger ninja on the megaphone harangued passers-by with her acidic wit while the punters scurried in in search of cures for their creaky joints, failing eyesight and uncompliant third leg.

The manager showed up: “are you allowed to be here?” What? On a pavement in a shopping precinct on a Saturday! He claimed to be ‘creating jobs’ then bemoaned the fact that we were going to cost him his £59 bonus; we were all set to move on to the next one when we found out he’d called the plod with some spurious allegations so we had to hang around on principle. “Who’s in charge?” – where do they get it from? Our letter now in the hands of babylon we can all expect some traffic on our web sites over the next few days.

As time was cracking on the group then split, a second H&B was picketed while Bournemouth uncut did their thing at vodafone. Having run out of fliers we reunited in top shop on our way to the pub; we brightened up when the guvnor announced security were going to “remove us using force” but they evidently didn’t fancy it and called plod again. I think it was the same copper, they all look the same to me.

One thing that struck us from talking to people was how many posties there are who are pissed off with their jobs and their union. if any CWU members are reading this give us a shout and we’ll put you in touch with others who want to do something – and don’t forget the picket of CWU headquarters on Monday!

A las Barricadas…

March 31st day of action against workfare!

 

In support of the three days of action against austerity called by the International Workers’ Association and the M31 European day of action against capitalism called by various groups.

We intend a picket/leaflet of one of the national firms participating in a workfare scheme, in the Bournemouth area. This will be followed by a communications blockade on the 2nd. The lucky recipient of our attentions will be revealed in due course – watch this space – but I bet you’ve got a pretty good idea! This is a nationwide initiative originating from the Solidarity Federation but now taken up by a wide range of anti-workfare groups across the country.

March 31st day of action against workfare

Provisional meeting point Flirt Cafe Bar 11:00.

Unit 1, 21 The Triangle, BH2 5RG Bournemouth Dorset

Get Directions 
 

This is intended as a non-sectarian demonstration of working class unity, so please invite anyone you think would like to come.

More info:

Factsheet: 5 kinds of workfare
 
Boycott workfare site
 
We’ll have flyers from various organisations but everyone is free to bring their own, see here:
 
Flyers for workfare      Workfare Pamphlet SF
 
Update on FOI requests

Flyers for workfare

IWW Flyer 2 sided:

BW Front     BW Back

Solfed generic flyer:

.pdf                .doc

Solfed’s Abolish Workfare pamphlet pdf

For CWU members at Royail Mail:

BPACC End unpaid work

From Bristol Indymedia:

Tesco value staff member

Generic flyers in English and Welsh pdfs here:

http://auntiefarr.wordpress.com/2012/02/26/generic-boycott-workfare-pdf-flyers-english-and-welsh/

Holland & Barrett specific flyers in colour, B&W and toner friendly grey:

http://anarchistmedia.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/the-amazing-new-workfare-deal-only-at-holland_barrett/

The SF ones with H&B specific page – could print A4 or A5 double sided perhaps.

.pdf                  .doc

and Boycott Tesco in English and Welsh:

http://auntiefarr.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/boycott-workfare-boycott-tesco/

Have fun!