Socialist Worker

Kingston protest targets workfare high street stores

by Neil Rogall
Issue No. 2291

Protesters occupied Kingston

Protesters occupied Kingston's McDonald's (Pic: Raymie Kiernan)

Forty people joined a protest against workfare, that marched around Kingston yesterday (Wednesday). School students and pensioners took part in the two hour protest organised by Right To Work and the Kingston anti-cuts campaign.

We started at Tesco by the railway station, marched through the town centre to occupy McDonald's, and then moved on Primark. Protests have made Tesco withdraw from the government's workfare, 'Work for benefits' scheme and we want to make sure other high street stores are forced to follow their lead.

Unemployed young people joined in the protest, angry at what the Tories are doing to a whole generation. Along the way we chanted and made impromptu speeches attacking the Tories and their health service and welfare cuts.

Our demonstration kept expanding as we went on to demonstrate outside Topshop, Boots and Wilkinsons who all use the scheme.

Workers on their way home applauded and some joined us.

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