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Peter Hain forced into Remploy deal

Issue No. 2070

Desperate to avoid a row at their conference, the Labour leadership look set to offer a deal to save thousands of jobs for disabled people at government-owned Remploy factories. Remploy plans to close 32 of its 83 factories

Peter Hain, the work and pensions secretary, was expected to pledge more public sector contracts to prevent closure of the factories.

The GMB union had threatened to force a conference vote over the closure plans.

Remploy workers joined protests outside Labour’s conference last Sunday.

Nick Durrant, a Remploy worker from Portsmouth, told Socialist Worker, “I am a long-time Labour Party member. I don’t know how to describe the anger at Labour proposing to close half the factories.”

The GMB said prior to Hain’s speech that they were “inching towards a deal” but “are distrustful of politicians, and if promises are made we will be concerned to see that they are turned into action”.

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