Workfare and You

The following information has been taken from a Boycott Workfare leaflet giving information how people can fight back against workfare schemes:


Bankers are receiving millions in bonuses. The govt is full of millionaires. Yet you may soon be forced to work for no wages……


Workfare: It means people like you forced to do unpaid work, for up to 6 months, for multi-million pound companies. Politicians wouldn’t work for six months for no pay so why should you?

Forced unpaid work: It means giving millions to those with millions. But it will not provide you with a job. Why?

By forcing people to work for no wages, multi million pound companies such as Asda and Pizza Hut use workfare schemes to replace paid positions. They can now get staff for free, so why pay them? Charities like Barnados and British Heart Foundation are profiting too.

Buy people across the country are finding ways to challenge workfare. Look after yourself and stay in touch with us! Tell people you know who might be affected that we exist, that we are working on ways to help. Share information with us. The more we know, the stronger we all are.

www.boycottworkfare.org | info@boycottworkfare.org

Know Your Rights

Fact: As a result of our campaign, “sanctions” for leaving unpaid work placements on the Work Programme, Work Experience or Sector- based Work Academies have been temporarily suspended.
Fact: Did you know that the only personal data you need to share with a Work Programme provider are 1) your referral letter and 2) signing on book?
Fact: You do not need to give them bank details, passport, driving licence or utility bills
Fact: You do not need to share personal information with them or give them a copy of your CV.
Know Your Rights on the “Work Programme”
Fact: Did you know the Jobcentre can postpone starting the Work Programme for 90 days if you have a job interview or are expecting to work soon?
Fact: You do not have to sign any Work Programme documents or forms?
Fact: Did you know that if you are on another Jobcentre scheme, pregnant or a survivor of domestic violence, you do not have to do the Work Programme.

Visit consent.me.uk website for more information about your rights

Don’t volunteer for Work Experience
There is a risk that once you volunteer for Jobcentre ‘work experience’ it becomes mandatory. Although the government appears to have made some concessions regarding the Work Experience scheme; there are still sanctions – both direct and indirect – that you may face.
Make sure this doesn’t happen to you:

  • Do not agree to volunteer for the Jobcentre’s ‘work experience’ – it quickly becomes forced unpaid labour.
  • If you want to do work experience, find something that really is voluntary.
  • If you are sent on the scheme, you must turn up on the first day but you do not face sanctions if you leave within the first week (unless this is due to misconduct).

Avoid Mandatory Work Activity
We have seen people referred for this simply because they have challenged their advisor. But there are strict DWP guidelines which you can use to challenge referral.
You do not have to go on this scheme if:

  • You are currently working (paid or voluntary)
  • You are undertaking employment related study / training
  • You are taking part in or recently completed another “employment measure”
  • The reason given is you have a lack of recent work experience
  • You are being referred because your advisor thinks you haven’t been meeting your Jobseeker’s agreement

Remember you are not alone. That’s why Boycott Workfare was formed by people like you. So help yourself and get involved!

www.boycottworkfare.org | info@boycottworkfare.org
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Listed below are several leaflets that can be downloaded and shared:

End unpaid work – information about the schemes that involve workfare
Workfare is unfair – general information about workfare
Workfare and you – gives information and advise for people who are or maybe sent on workfare schemes (as per above info on this page)
Workfare and your job – general information how the schemes impact everyone