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Let's turn Tories' workfare retreat into a rout

Issue No. 2292

The Tories are retreating over workfare—again. Tory minister Chris Grayling has announced he is scrapping benefits sanctions from his “work experience” scheme.

This is quite an achievement considering that just yesterday he was claiming that no such sanctions existed.

And it is just one among many workfare programmes that the Tories have claimed are voluntary. One is even named Mandatory Work Activity.

The Tories’ chaos shows the pressure the government has been put under from protests led by the Right to Work campaign.

Firm after firm has fallen by the wayside after being targeted by activists. Tesco was the first to topple, then other big companies like Poundland and Burger King followed.

Most recently the campaign has been targeting McDonald’s, which has so far refused to withdraw.

Earlier today a McDonald’s on Stratford High Street in east London was forced to turn away customers during an anti-workfare protest.

Campaigners report that many people there were horrified to find out that McDonald’s is part of the scheme—and some even joined in their chanting.

Right to Work said today’s central London protest planned for 5.30pm outside McDonald’s on Oxford Street will still go ahead.

Activists should keep up the protests to demand the government scraps all of its unpaid work schemes—now.

Assemble 5.30pm today (Wednesday), McDonald’s, 185-187 Oxford Street, London W1D 2JU

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