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Challenge to Remploy closures

by James Stribley
Issue No. 2081

Disabled workers facing the loss of their jobs invaded one of the government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) offices in Sheffield on Friday of last week, on the first day of a strike in the DWP.

They spent two hours demanding to speak to a senior civil servant in order to challenge the planned closure of 28 factories across the country.

Remploy workers, backed by the Remploy trade union consortium, have labelled the decision a “deplorable attack on disabled people”.

They claim the government has “reneged on commitments” made at Labour Party conference, where it was stated that Remploy factories would be made sustainable through public procurement contracts.

Dave Reed travelled from the Remploy factory in Aintree, Merseyside, to join the protest.

“Most Remploy workers are disabled and we want to work,” he said.

“There will be a lot of jobs that we won’t be able to do because of our disabilities but that isn’t the case with Remploy – we have that opportunity. We feel let down by the Government and will fight this all the way.”

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Tue 11 Dec 2007, 18:44 GMT
Issue No. 2081
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