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(en) UK, CAPS* National Day Of Action Against Wilko's: 24th of April

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Mon, 5 Apr 2004 10:38:49 +0200 (CEST)

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The Campaign Against Prison Slavery is calling on all groups and
individuals who support the campaign to take part in a National Day of
Action against Wilkinson's on saturday the 24th of April. Wilkinson's
use the forced labour of prisoners in several prisons around Britain to
pack their products, and so they are being targetted by the campaign.
The past year has seen pickets of scores of Wilko's stores up and down
the country, but if we are to end the company's ruthless exploitation of
prisoners we must keep up the pressure on them.
Events: London Picket Of Wilko's Stratford Store For April 24th Day Of Action
People will be aware that the 24th April is a day of action against prison slavery.

In London there will be a picket of the Wilkinson's store in Stratford,
from 12.30pm. Wilko's can be found on The Broadway, and Stratford is
easy to get to by bus, tube or train - nearest station obviously Stratford.

A lot of actions are already planned elsewhere in the country on the 24th
- lets make sure London pulls its weight!

Posted by CAPS Webmaster on Sunday, April 04 @ 10:06:47 BST (0

Welcome to the Campaign Against Prison Slavery Website!
Slavery has NOT been abolished in Britain, behind high walls and
locked doors it still flourishes. Working class people are being forced to
toil in poor conditions, beyond the reach of health and safety inspectors,
denied even the most basic employment and trade-union rights, and
severely punished if they refuse to work. In British prisons, there have
been savage cuts in education budgets over the past half-decade, any
pretence at rehabilitating prisoners and empowering them with trade
skills has been abandoned. They are now seen as a readily exploitable
labour force, a Third World colony in Britain’s own backyard,
cheap, non-unionised, available, and literally compelled to work.

The issue of prison slavery is an issue for ALL working-class people,
not least because it undermines workers’ pay and conditions
generally. Not because prisoners are somehow ‘stealing’ jobs,
they have absolutely no choice in the matter, but because companies
can drive down the wages of their own employees by using prison
labour, and it brings with it the threat of short-time and redundancies.

The Campaign Against Prison Slavery exists to challenge and bring
about an end to forced prison labour, and to expose the companies that
exploit it. In the 21st Century it is high-time that slavery in all its forms
was ended for good.

To contact the campaign, please go to:
Ed. Note: CAPS is an anarchist/antiauthoritarian initiative.

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