Monday, 18 March 2013


Superdrug have admitted taking on over 500 people on the Government's 'Work Experience' Workfare Scheme.

It's good for the bosses and their profits.

But bad for unemployed people on the Scheme who don't get paid.

It's bad for all workers - replacing paid jobs, holiday pay & ending temporary posts.

Workfare is an attack on us all!

Like many chain stores, Superdrug, who made a £20 million profit last year, have been given a massive public subsidy, in the form of unemployed people working for nothing but their benefits on a Workfare Scheme. Superdrug suspended their participation in the Government's 'Work Experience' Workfare Scheme a year ago after actions against Tesco exposed this scam, but Superdrug began using the Scheme again from at least last June.

This Scheme is not only an attack on the unemployed - who are bullied on to the so-called voluntary scheme by Job Centre Plus and fraudster workfare provider companies like A4e, or are forced on to other workfare schemes for refusing to take part in 'Work Experience' that mostly involves stacking shelves for up to 30 hours a week for 8 weeks, and who face sanctions i.e. having their benefits cut in certain circumstances, while on the scheme.

It is also a direct attack on Superdrug workers and other workers - replacing paid jobs, holiday pay & ending temporary posts for students and others who rely on this type of work.

The same number of people will be doing the same amount of work – but thanks to Workfare, Superdrug can replace paid workers with unpaid ones. Once again, the lies of the Government and businesses, claiming that Workfare is a way to help people back into work, are exposed. The exact opposite is true - Workfare is a job destruction scheme.

We call on Superdrug to end this exploitation and withdraw immediately from all Workfare programmes - any workers now working unpaid should be hired straight away.

The best way to end the iniquity of Workfare is to directly affect the profits of the companies exploiting it - we have shown that this works with other companies such as Holland & Barret
- join us doing the same to Superdrug!
Until Superdrug gives in, help us in fighting this attack on all workers’ terms and conditions -

Don't Shop At Superdrug.

This picket is part of a 'Boycott Workfare' National Week Of Action. They have information on other High Street stores that use Workfare on their website:

A guide to all Workfare Schemes and advice on how to avoid them can be found here:

Organised by the Crutch Collective - Claimants Resisting Unfair Treatment, Cuts and Harassment –!/pages/The-Crutch-Collective
& the Scottish Unemployed Workers Network - c/o
Backed by Clydeside Industrial Workers Of The World –!/pages/Clydeside-IWW/216550781713688
Glasgow Right to Work Campaign -
Glasgow Solidarity Federation –!/pages/Glasgow-Solidarity-Federation/237568036376381
Unite the Union Community Branch – c/o Jack Ferguson
, Unite Scotland Community Coordinator 07711 376562.

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