Workfare protests in York

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 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.

Photos can be found on the York Anarchists Facebook, while the event was also covered by the York Press and Minster FM. Reports from elsewhere in the UK can be found here.


About York Anarchists

A group of anarchist radicals living and working in the city of York.
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One Response to Workfare protests in York

  1. Pingback: Report on 31st March Action Against Workfare in Lincoln « Lincoln Underground Collective

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