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Remploy: Labour wants to throw disabled people out of work

Issue No. 2085

Socialist Worker can reveal that the government is still pushing through its plans to close the Remploy factories that employ disabled workers.

Management sent out redundancy letters on Monday of this week to workers across 40 Remploy sites.

They offered workers a new £5,000 payment to leave the company. But the workers are only allowed ten days to accept the offer.

This puts enomous pressure on workers who have been left to fight alone against the closures of their factories.

Some 28 factories are earmarked for closure or merger, but Remploy is looking to cut jobs across the company.

The work and pensions secretary Peter Hain took £15,000 of the GMB union’s money but is overseeing the destruction of the jobs.

As Les Woodward, the joint covenvor of the unions’ campaign to save Remploy, put it in a letter to Labour MEPs, “Peter Hain lied to us when he met a delegation of workers at the Welsh TUC in Llandudno.

“He said in his opinion every community should have a Remploy factory. He lied to myself and my colleagues when we met him at the hustings when he said he supported Remploy factories and the need to keep them open.”

Remploy workers on Merseyside are balloting for strike action (see page 15). The unions should call a ballot of all workers and provide support to the workforce to help them reject Remploy’s bribe.

There is a national protest of Remploy workers at the employers’ forum on disability at Bradford Football Club on Tuesday of next week.

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Tue 22 Jan 2008, 19:02 GMT
Issue No. 2085
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