Edinburgh Council tenant Margaret has been denied an exemption for bedroom tax by City of Edinburgh Council despite being clearly entitled – she has overnight carers stay every night. She wrote to the CEC as early as February applying for an exemption. Instead of granting the exemption the Council have been phoning her up threatening she could be evicted if she didn’t pay her rent. This is clearly against the Council policy of no evictions for bedroom tax arrears. The stress of this situation has now led to Margaret giving up her tenancy, as she was becoming very ill.
Muirhouse and Pilton anti bedroom tax groups called for people to attend Councillor Cammy Day’s surgery at Muirhouse Library on 17 June to support Margaret and other tenants with bedroom tax problems. Around 20 people turned up at short notice, an excellent show of solidarity. Continue reading →
May Day in Edinburgh saw anti workfare demonstrators touring companies and charities using unpaid forced labour. Starting with an excursion into the
giant Homebase at St Leonards the protestors from Edinburgh Coalition
Against Poverty went on to visit no fewer than 7 exploiting employers.
At Homebase demonstrators roamed the store putting up stickers – THIS
EMPLOYER USES FORCED UNPAID LABOUR. Special leaflets were given to
customers and workers detailing the large-scale use of workfare at the
Haringey Homebase where 21 workfare conscripts are working for nothing. Continue reading →
Anti workfare demonstrators shut down British Heart Foundation and Salvation Army shops in Leith on Saturday 23rd March. The actions, part of the Britain-wide Week of Action against the Government’s compulsory work-for-your-benefits schemes, targeted two charities who have persisted in exploiting the unemployed, sick and disabled through workfare. Continue reading →
Protestors blockaded and occupied both British Heart Foundation and Superdrug in Edinburgh on Saturday 8 December, in opposition to their participation in the government’s workfare schemes.
A huge banner declaring IF YOU EXPLOIT US WE WILL SHUT YOU DOWN blocked the entrance to the BHF furniture store in Leith’s Kirkgate centre as demonstrators occupied the shop. Impromptu speeches were given inside and out, explaining that although BHF had claimed to be “moving away” from workfare, they were still taking on new compulsory placements. Continue reading →
Anti workfare demonstrators in Edinburgh shut down the British Heart Foundation furniture store at the Kirkgate shopping centre for over two hours on Saturday 8 September. The Leith store closed its doors as demonstrators arrived before noon, and didn’t attempt to reopen till after 2pm. Protestors blocked the shop door with a giant banner IF YOU EXPLOIT US WE WILL SHUT YOU DOWN.
Demo organisers Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty condemned BHF’s participation in the government workfare schemes. These programmes mean unemployed people are compelled to work for their benefits – or their benefit is cut. Continue reading →
Anti workfare protestors descended on Primark in Edinburgh’s city centre on Saturday 14 July. The Princes Street store was picketed by protestors declaring their opposition to the government’s work-for-your-benefits schemes.
Unemployed people in Edinburgh have won a significant victory by forcing workfare provider A4e to recognise that claimants on their programmes have the right to take their own representative to meetings with A4e. For over two and a half years A4e have refused to recognise reps Continue reading →
After a struggle lasting over two and a half years A4e have conceded that claimants attending their programmes have the right to be accompanied by the representative of their choice, including reps from Edinburgh Claimants/ ECAP. This was confirmed at a meeting last month attended by the A4e area manager for Scotland Alison Nimmo and a manager from Working Links, the main contractors. Continue reading →