Past Events

Defend Welfare National Day of Action – 16 June

No to workfare “Work for your benefits” schemes
Working Links doesn’t work!

Wed 16th June, 11am, outside Working Links on Mare St
Join Hackney Unemployed Workers group for the Defend Welfare network’s national day of action. We will be outside Working Links on Mare Street, exposing the private company that makes money while letting us down. Working Links does not work! We are forced to do pointless job searches, we are not given the training we want, and even when they find us jobs, they are temporary, low-paid and don’t reflect our interests.

The Coalition Government is talking about more use of private companies like this to “help us into work” (work that doesn’t exist: there are 43 JSA claimants for every job in Hackney). They want to penalise us into work, when their cuts mean there are even fewer jobs to go around.

Take part in the day of action with us:
11am-1pm     Expose Working Links!
Write your own placard saying what you think Working Links is good at… e.g. wasting tax payers’ money, wasting our time….
Contribute to our “Welfare for all statement”: we are collecting messages which set out what is wrong with the way things work now and the changes people want to see that would help us. Add your message on the day, on our website, or at our stalls on 14th (Dalston) and 15th June (Mare St)

1pm-3pm     Join the delegation to The Department for Work and Pensions
Cuts are in the air: job cuts, welfare cuts, wage cuts. But we want to put our alternative to the new Secretary of State. Forcing people to work for their benefits reduces the number of jobs, making people redundant does too, and         wasting money on private companies like Working Links gets us nowhere.  We want a fair benefit system that recognises our right to live – not just to survive!
(London Coalition Against Poverty can pay your bus fare if you want to come along)

Add your message on our website:
Come along to one of our drop-in sessions, every Thursday at noon at Cafe Bohemia by Hackney Central.
See the National Network website:

Poetry and Dinner Benefit

On the 25th may 2010 Hammer and Tongue and Hackney Unemployed Workers again combined to present a dinner and poetry benefit night that featured some of London’s top spoken word performers including Angry Sam, Tim Wells, Curious and Yap, all enjoyed with delicious Indian dishes from Shirley’s Kitchen.

The event was held at Pogo Cafe, was enjoyed by everybody and raised a good amount of money for the group. Thanks to everybody who came and a big thank you to all the poets.


Statement of support for the PCS strike

Hackney Unemployed Workers went down to the picket lines of workers from the Public and Commercial Services Union outside Hackney Jobcentres. We support the strike and stand with them against the government’s attacks on staff compensation. We know that the attacks on workers compensation are part of the same attack on the welfare system that threatens unemployed workers’ benefits. The unwaged and the waged need to defend the welfare system together.

Know your rights – Sat 27 Feb

As part of the Hackney Unemployed Workers Group’s continued activity to promote true understanding of how to combat the oppressive welfare system in the UK, a training and information day has been organised for Saturday the 27th of February at Navarino Mansions Community Hall, Dalston, near Hackney Downs station (google map).

  • Hear about benefits you might need to claim and other legal info
  • Share experiences of getting your rights
  • Learn how to support others at the Job Centre

The event is FREE to attend, is open to anyone, will last from 1pm to 4pm, and will have both wheelchair access and childcare provided.

Contact Hackney Unemployed Workers Group on 07932 241737 if you have any questions about their work or the event, or email us at

Your can download a copy of the flyer here to distribute to friends and family.


How will the Welfare ‘Abolition’ Bill affect us?

1.30pm-5.30pm, Sun 22nd November
Navarino Mansions Community Hall, Dalston Lane (near Hackney Downs), E8 1LB
Free to attend – tea, coffee and snacks free too!
Wheelchair accessible. Childcare available – see below.

  • Single parent?
  • Unemployed?
  • Sick or disabled?
  • In temporary or insecure work?
  • Working for Jobcentre Plus?

If so, the Welfare Reform Bill will target you.

The government want to make us pay for their mistakes. Bankers get billions but they want us to survive on even less.

Hackney Unemployed Workers Group invite you to an event to find out how the changes will affect us, why they’re happening and to plan how we can stop them.

Call or text 07858 860058 or email to find out more.

A free creche will be available – please contact us to let us know if you are bringing a child so we can make sure we have enough people to help and fun activities!

Hackney Unemployed Workers Group want justice and respect at the job centre. We want to be treated as people not criminals. We take action to help individuals with their claims; to improve treatment in Hackney job centres; and to stop welfare abolition. We meet every Thursday at 12pm at Cafe Bohemia under the railway arches by Hackney Central station – come and meet us!


Poetry Dinner

Hackney Unemployed Workers Action Group present an evening of delicious Indian food, live spoken word and DJs on Monday 21st September 7-11pm, Pogo Cafe, 76 Clarence Road, Hackney, E5 (google map)


  • Kate Tempest – inspirational young MC-poet from South London
  • Jonny Fluffypunk – the ‘pastoral nihilist’ famous for his comic insight born of bitter experience
  • Angry Sam – rebellion between the lines

Plus more to be confirmed.

The night is to raise money to support the unemployed in Hackney – £3 donation on the door.


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