Thursday, November 29, 2012
Deptford Poundland Protest
Last Saturday there was a protest at the Poundland store in Deptford High Street, part of an ongoing campaign against shops involved in the workfare scheme ('Mandatory Work Activity') whereby unemployed people are made to undertake unpaid work. South London Solidarity Federation, who organised the Deptford action, point out that employers are using work placements to do work that they would otherwise have to pay staff to do - thereby actually reducing the real jobs available for unemployed people.
Other companies have pulled out of the scheme following protests, including Holland & Barrett who were targeted in Catford and elsewhere.