Chaz Lockett, Sheffield, Youth Fight for Jobs
On Saturday, activists in Sheffield rallied on Devonshire Green for a protest tour of large businesses, such as Marks and Spencers, Primark and McDonalds. These multinationals are benefiting from the government’s workfare schemes. 34,000 unemployed people have been sent on so-called ‘work experience’ placements, under the threat of having their JSA removed – this is equivalent to receiving £1.78 per hour for the 35-hour week many have been forced to work.
Called in conjunction between Youth Fight for Jobs Sheffield, Right to Work and UKUncut. YFJE led the demonstration chanting ‘We won’t be a lost generation, fight for jobs and education’.
The anti-workfare protests have gained much media coverage in Sheffield, with articles in the Star newspaper, and frequent coverage and interviews on BBC Radio Sheffield and Hallam FM. Judging by the number of companies who have already withdrawn from the workfare schemes, the protests are having a serious impact on these exploitative companies – now to finish off workfare and demand decent jobs on decent pay!