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Protesters target McDonald's over workfare

by Tom Walker
Issue No. 2291

Protesters are keeping up the pressure on firms that still use unpaid work schemes (Pic: Smallman )

Protesters are keeping up the pressure on firms that still use unpaid work schemes (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Right to Work campaigners stormed a McDonald's and a Holland and Barrett store in the City of London tonight (Wednesday) in their latest protest against unpaid work schemes.

The 20 activists first held a short victory rally outside a Tesco Metro on Bishopsgate.

Tesco was backed down and promised to pay people on the government's work-for-benefits, or 'workfare', programme after previous protests.

Then the protesters went on a 'tour' of firms who are still taking on unemployed people for forced unpaid work.

Inside Holland and Barrett they shouted 'No pay? No way! Make the greedy bosses pay'.

And as they ran into McDonald's they chanted, 'McDonald's hear us say, we won't work if you won't pay'.

Activists overheard the store's manager telling McDonald's head office that the protest was losing them £100 a minute—so they made sure to stay a little longer.

The police looked panicked throughout. As the protest ended, two officers turned up on horseback.

The protesters marched a lap of honour inside Liverpool Street station – and vowed to keep up the campaign.

'Those firms that have not yet withdrawn from the scheme, or pledged to pay those young people coerced onto it, had better take note,' said Julie Sherry from the Right to Work campaign. 'They can expect visits from protesters in the next days and weeks.'

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