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Fighting to save jobs in Remploy

Issue No. 2061

The Unions are stepping up the campaign to save the Remploy factories employing disabled workers.

The decision by Remploy to close 43 factories across the country has angered unions who are preparing to hold a strike ballot.

They are writing to 50,000 councillors, school governors and members of police authorities asking them to help reverse the closures.

Phil Davies of the GMB union said Remploy factories secured £32 million of orders from local authorities even though they spent vastly more on procurement.

He said, “It must be possible – with political will – to increase this figure to save these jobs.” But workers’ jobs are still being cut.

Workers at the Remploy factory in Reddish, Stockport, discovered their jobs were being axed during a video presentation that lasted just five minutes.

Wendy Ford

Six Remploy factories took unofficial industrial action by walking out in support of a sacked Remploy shop steward at the Gateshead factory last week.

Workers at Remploy factories were stunned at the sacking of GMB shop steward Wendy Ford at Gateshead. She was sacked two weeks ago.

The GMB union believes that her sacking was linked to her complaint that she had suffered bullying and harassment at Remploy because of her trade union duties.

Val Scott, a GMB organiser dealing with the case, said, “We will fight in every way we can for the reinstatement of Wendy Ford.”

All messages of support should be sent to Wendy Ford c/o Val Scott. Email

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Tue 24 Jul 2007, 18:14 BST
Issue No. 2061
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