workplace organising

Workfare is an attack on us allHaringey Solidarity Group are calling for people to join a picket outside the Harringay Homebase following recent confirmation that the Willesden branch of Homebase continue to recruit unpaid workers via their local Job Centre. This is despite earlier statements from Homebase stating that they would only take on people on work experience through local organisations, and where claimants were under no threat of sanction

Join us at: Harringay Homebase, Arena Retail Park, Green Lanes, N4 1DT.  Just by the bridge on Green Lanes.  Buses: 29, 141, 341. Tube: Manor House. or one minute walk from Harringay Green Lanes overground.  (Facebook event is here)


As part of Boycott Workfare's week of action, Haringey Solidarity Group will be picketing outside Harringay Homebase tomorrow, Sunday from 1pm-2pm in protest at use of unpaid workers at their Willesden store.

Join us on Sunday 14 July, 1pm at Homebase Harringay, 430 Green Lanes, N4 1DT.  by Harringay Green Lanes rail station.

Earlier this year, we picketed their store in response to their use of the Job Centre's work experience scheme which forces claimants to work for their dole, or face cuts to their benefits.  Homebase later made a statement confirming they would not use any further recruits from the scheme, but it seems they have now gone back on their word and have been up to the same tricks at their Willesden branch.


Join North London Solidarity Federation in targeting businesses in Holloway against workfare in support of the National Week of Action called by Boycott Workfare, starting this Saturday the 8th.

Meet at Superdrug on Seven Sisters Road - 11am sharp and we move on from there.

Nearest tube: Arsenal or Holloway Road.


by Dee  A successful day's picketing at Homebase

I arrived at Homebase, Harringay, several minutes late for a noon picket against workfare, and was just about to start leafletting when a couple of managers came out to talk to us.  One of them was the store manager, and the other was from head office.

The woman from head office said that no one at the store had been on workfare, but when we pointed out that this was the general term for the five government schemes and asked her which scheme they were operating, she was unable to tell us which one - nor did the store manager know (or, if he knew, wasn't telling).


The Tottenham working class activist and campaigner Alan Woodward passed away on Saturday 20th October.

Alan had a stroke and fall on Tuesday 16th October and was admitted to the North Middlesex Hospital the following day. His close family* had rallied round during his hospital stay and were with him when he died peacefully.

Alan Woodward was a lifelong working-class revolutionary immersed in support for workplace struggles and other anti-capitalist movements. He started with the International Socialists (later the Socialist Workers Party). He was then very active in the Haringey Trades Union Council. In recent years he gravitated towards independent libertarian politics, including the Haringey Solidarity Group, believing it was necessary for workers to take direct control of all workplaces and through workers’ coordination councils thereby create a new economy and society without capitalism or governments. In his writings he explained he was drawing on what he saw as the best traditions of revolutionary socialism and anarchism.