List of Workfare Providers in Bristol


This is from Bristol Anarchist Federation’s website. It’s a list of all the companies using workfare in Bristol: I’m putting it up just in case anyone wants to exercise their democratic right to protest against the companies exploiting the poor and jobless for their own profit. Again, if you, please be polite and don’t make threats. It’s the system we want to change, not terrorise the innocent. And it will probably by some poor innocent wage slave, who has to deal with abusive phone calls or customers, rather than the managers who greedily accepted the government’s contract.

Or you could simply exercise the personal choice Maggie Thatcher used to bang on about so much, and take your custom elsewhere. It’s been done before. In the late 18th and early 19th century the Anti-Saccherist League was formed by anti-slavery activists to hit slavers and planters where it would hurt the most: in their wallets. The League was formed to boycott slave-produced sugar. It urged the public instead to use sugar from India, which was believed to have been produced instead by free people.

One of the legacies of this movement was the Gollywog on Robinson’s jam and marmalade. Although now rightly held to be a racist image, the Gollywog trademark was originally intended as a symbol of the firm’s to human rights. It was adopted to show that the firm did not use slave-produced sugar. It is a racist image, but the intentions behind its adoption were laudable.

How about one for companies that don’t use workfare?

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9 Responses to “List of Workfare Providers in Bristol”

  1. Mike Sivier Says:

    Reblogged this on Vox Political.

  2. maxwell1957 Says:

    Reblogged this on Maxwell's Mostly Irrelevant Musings.

  3. odtaa Says:

    The Salvation Army was one of the recent signatories criticising stating that voluntary work was very different to compulsory workfare. I’m sure they have either stopped working with the scheme or are in the process of doing so.

    In someways it’s awkward for them if they have someone on the scheme, who wants to stay on it, to kick them off. It could affect the person’s benefits and could harm their self confidence.

    I suspect all the charities on the list have been conned by the workfare providers – they would see themselves as helping people getting onto their feet by doing voluntary work – as opposed to the shops effectively getting free shelf stackers.

    The list is a good idea.

  4. jaynel62 Says:

    I totally agree – VOTE with your £

  5. Nicola Jones Says:

    Good work! How do we find out who is supporting/using workfare in our area so we can do the same?

  6. jess Says:

    “How about one for companies that don’t use workfare?”

    A very good suggestion, and one that would be very powerful in this age of ‘brand image’

    I hope ‘boycott workfare’ take up the idea

  7. Rachel Says:

    I informed the charities I have previously made donations to that from this point forward I will only donate to those to commit to Keep Volunteering Voluntary. One signed up immediately, others requested more info, but the foodbank hasn’t even responded.

    I intend to do the same with the shops I frequent where possible.

  8. Mam Bach Says:

    anyone already done the FOI to get list for other locales? I don’t want to ask again, since that can get people in trouble. See “how many ‘fit for work’ died?”

  9. lynn Says:

    Does Iceland use workfare, could someone let me know, and I will boycott in future. Even though they do free delivery, I would rather break my back carrying shopping than use a company who exploits individuals.

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