This Saturday, 31st March, saw groups across Europe take part in an international day of action against capitalism. A full list of events can be found at march31.net along with reports from the demonstrations and other actions, with further updates available through the Twitter account and #m31 hashtag.
In the UK, pickets took place in cities across the UK – mostly organised by the Solidarity Federation (SolFed) – against the workfare program. While some token reforms to the system were granted following protests earlier this year, the workfare system remains up and running, with a High Court hearing due to take place in June.
In York, a protest was called by York Welfare Campaign, visiting a series of shops in the city centre which are known to be involved with workfare on a national level, including Holland and Barrett, Greggs and Poundland. This came as a followup to the previous demonstration held on 3rd March as part of the Boycott Workfare national day of action.
Some protestors spoke on a mobile soundsystem describing the workfare system and the problems it creates, while others distributed leaflets, spoke to passersby or stood shackled with a ball and chain made specially for the occasion. Response was generally positive, with some people joining the protest once they realised what it was about.