Pickets, protests, and online pressure are meeting each organisation that is found participating in the government's latest and longest workfare scheme - Community Work(fare) Placements.
On Saturday morning, 16 August, Haringey Solidarity Group held a picket outside North London Hospice charity shop on Wood Green High Road (near Turnpike Lane) about their involvement with the six-month long, forced labour scheme. The picket attracted lots of interest and support from passersby, with some saying they would no longer shop there and others saying that they would contact the hospice to let them know about their concerns.
We have spoken to at least two people on Community Work Placements at this shop, and others at the shop near Wood Green tube.
You can find more details about how to get in touch with North London Hospice in our article here.
- Published: 18 August 2014
While the government would like to keep their names secret, the companies involved with running the recently launched Community Work Placements seem proud to publicise their involvement.
G4S won the contract for six regions across the country and was "delighted" to announce its involvement with the scheme which consists of six-month, forced, unpaid work placements for unemployed people. (The placements need local council and charity participation in order to claim to be of “community benefit”.)
But, being as they are the world's largest security company, G4S isn't bothering itself with the day-to-day business of sorting out placements for workfare conscripts. Instead, they have teamed up with "top-performing placement brokers" in the six regions for which it has a CWP contract. One of these regions is West London. This is the one that covers Haringey and, of the five partners it has here, only one, Urban Futures, appears to have an office in Haringey. They have expressed similar delight at their involvement with the government's newest forced labour scheme.
We have tried to figure out exactly what Urban Futures do, but their website, with all its talk of employment, training and apprenticeships, manages to hide the fact that they are fully signed up to a programme that threatens some of the most vulnerable people in our community with destitution and abject poverty.
Urban Futures may or may not be a lost cause, but we want to find out the names of the local charities and community organisations that they are using to fulfil their part of the CWP contract.
We have been talking to the people going in and out of Urban Futures' Wood Green offices. So far, the only confirmed partner is North London Hospice. According to personal testimonies, they have taken on a number of workfare conscripts in their Wood Green shop, and possibly others.
Many of us in HSG were really disappointed to hear about this. North London Hospice provides a service which places value on the quality of life of local people. Its complicity in this workfare scheme seems totally at odds with its main aims.
- Published: 12 August 2014
Monday 4th August 2014
Join us on for a peaceful remembrance vigil on the third anniversary of Mark's death. Mark's family are still fighting for justice and they need your support. There will be a meet up at 5pm outside Tangmere House on Broadwater Farm, to make our way to the spot on Ferry Lane where Mark was shot, for 6pm .
Directions: Tube & Train stop Tottenham Hale - Buses 41, 123, 192, 230 , W4
JUSTICE FOR MARK DUGGAN
- Published: 03 August 2014
Demonstrate on 28 July 2014 6.15 at a Pre Application Planning Meeting at the Civic Centre Wood Green N22
Instead of a Sell Off - let's expand the provision on Haringey's only hospital site. Residents are calling for a Walk In Urgent Care Centre, more GP Facilities, a Child Health Centre and expanded Mental Health provision
Barnet Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust are putting forward their plans to sell off 2/3rds of our NHS at what is called a Pre Application Meeting where Members (of the Council) NOT the public can raise concerns about this development.
This seems a sneaky way of smoothing things through before a planning decision is made by the Council in Mid September.
Come and raise your own concerns and anger about the way this plan is being pushed through without any Health Assessment or "Health Check" made of the health needs of the Borough.
No Sell off Without a Health Check !
Meet 6 15 at Civic Centre Wood Green High Road N22
Bring friends and colleagues! Bring placards.Show you want a Better St Ann's
-Last Chance to Save this NHS land being lost forever ! If the Plan goes through in September 2014 it could be sold on to any developer!
On 20th June Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust (BEHMHT) submitted the outline planning application for the St Ann's Hospital site. This is our hospital, it is NHS land that belongs to us, they cannot be allowed to sell the site without demonstrating how our health will benefit.
At a recent so called "Consultation"Meeting on 16/7/14 despite anger and concern expressed by residents and hospital users there were more questions than answers from BEH and the planning bureaucrats!
No Sell Off Without a Health Check! Residents and HaNSAH have consistently called for a Walk In Urgent Care Centre, more GP Facilities, a Child Health Centre and expanded Mental Health provision.
See Our Ideas for St Anns and How you can Object to BEHS Plans for Your St Anns Hospital see the HaNSAH Leaflet at the bottom of this email .
Link to Pre Application Agenda ....http://www.minutes.haringey.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=728&MId=7044 .......St Anns at the end.
OBJECTION If you cannot get to the Demo then please make an an Objection.You can say that you object in principle to the change of use from a hospital and suggest the above health facilities be provided. And please do before 1 August 2014
Sign the petition against the Sell Off : http://tinyurl.com/loa6lzg
- Published: 27 July 2014
Tottenham Town Hall, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham, London N15 4RY
6.30pm, Monday 9 June
Bring your neighbours and friends
Tenants and residents are objecting to Haringey Council's planned 'estate reviews', to sell off, demolish and redevelop many of our Council housing estates around the borough [*See details at the end]. There have already been large residents' meetings on some of the estates and people are saying 'We Will Not Be Moved!'.
Please come along to this important Lobby. Your family, friends and neighbours are all welcome. Let's put our case to the newly elected-Councillors, and speak out about the future of Haringey.
- Published: 07 June 2014
The Weekender is on the 26th and 27th April. It’s a collaboration among groups from across London, who work on a whole range of housing issues including private renting, access to welfare, squatting, co-operatives and social housing.
The housing crisis grows steadily deeper, and yet those is power fail to take the necessary action to secure the future of the city. This weekend will bring people together to build a movement of practical solidarity, to resist social cleansing and reclaim the city for the people who live here.
It’s set to be an action-packed two days. On Saturday 26th, there are events planned all round London, organised by local groups who are in the Radical Housing Network. Events are set to take place in Lewisham, Lambeth, Brent, Camden, Hackney and Haringey, and include films, info-stalls, discussions, games, and actions. If you’d like to get involved in your area, or if you’d like to propose something in an area that’s not already covered, get in touch!
On Sunday 27th, we’ll all come together in central London, for a day of discussion, action planning and strategising. The day will include:
Action planning and preparation – we will be building for a mass action in the week after the event
Organising against the crisis: How can we work together to build a stronger housing movement?
Alternatives: co-ops, self-builds, neighbourhood plans and more
Speakers including Danny Dorling (author of All that is Solid) and Liz Davies (Haldane Society)
Media training for housing and gentrification action groups
Legal advice surgery and training on providing legal support
Tea, cake (hopefully), chat
For up-to-date information, please see the event page and follow @radicalhousing for updates.
- Published: 22 April 2014
Today members of Haringey Solidarity Group joined Boycott Workfare in paying a visit to the London headquarters of workfare exploiter YMCA. They’ve defended their use of unpaid, forced work in previous statements and we’ve called them out on it. Mandatory Work Activity forces people to work without wages under threat of sanction, and doesn’t help them find a job anyway. Whereas the Salvation Army have stated they will not get involved in the new 6 month long Community Work Placements starting later this month, the YMCA have yet to make a public statement on the issue.
The YMCA wants to have its cake and eat it. Their president, Bishop John Sentamu, has spoken against workfare. Yet, the organisation still takes part in some of the harshest schemes. They’re also involved in delivering traineeships – workfare by another name.
We say volunteering should remain just that, and that people shouldn’t be “made to volunteer” under threat of sanction.
The fight against workfare is more important than ever, with 74,000 people being sanctioned every month. Sanctions are one of the main reasons people are turning to food banks to feed themselves, and you can now be sanctioned for up to three years. This is forcing people to make the choice between heating their homes or eating.
- Published: 31 March 2014
with families, carers & supporters
11am, Saturday 29th March 2014
Assemble at Bruce Castle Park,
Lordship Lane N17 8NU
Move off 11.30 – march down Tottenham High Road to Tottenham Green East, N15 4UR for a
Follow up meeting; Haringey benefit claimants and supporters
11 am – 1 pm Saturday 12th April
North London Community House, 22 Moorefields Rd, N17 6PY
MOTHERS OF LONDON SAY
MARCH TO DEMAND
living incomes and decent, affordable homes to rent or buy for waged & unwaged
MARCH TO REJECT
bedroom tax, housing benefit caps, unfair taxes, hunger and cold homes – austerity hurts vulnerable people, the rich get richer
- Published: 24 March 2014
On the afternoon of Friday 7 March members of HSG headed to Poundland on Wood Green High Road to hold a protest against the company's continued use of free labour, in particular its exploitation of young unemployed people, as part of the government's workfare schemes.
- Published: 09 March 2014
On Saturday 1st February the Our Tottenham Community Planning Conference was attended by over 95 people representing 42 local community groups & organisations, residents associations, traders groups, education institutions and London wide networks.
- Published: 03 February 2014