URGENT SOLIDARITY CALL-OUT - HIGH RIGGS JOB CENTRE MON 14TH MARCH 3PM
Friday, March 11, 2016
On Monday 29th Feb Edinburgh Claimants provided an accompanier for a claimant who had come to us for support after being intimidated and bullied during interviews at High Riggs Jobcentre.
Past experience at High Riggs where staff (up to management level) have attempted to obstruct claimants being accompanied by making up arbitary rules, such as that accompaniers need to show ID, led Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty to hold a leafletting session outside in case solidarity was required.
When the claimant and his accompanier attempted to enter, four G4S security guards blocked the way, physically separated the claimant from his accompanier and asserted that the claimant had no right to be accompanied. The four volunteers leafletting came to the door to insist on the claimants rights and were physically assaulted and menaced by the security guards.