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Merseyside Remploy workers strike against job cuts

by Dan Swain
Issue No. 2088

More than 100 disabled Merseyside workers were on strike last week in a protest over job cuts.

Eighty workers were from the Remploy factory in Aintree and 30 from a plant in Birkenhead.

Remploy axed 28 of its 83 factories, cutting 2,000 jobs across Britain.

There were large pickets at both plants, with at times over 40 people outside.

There was anger at the government, with many workers talking about leaving the Labour Party.

Paul Bragg, a GMB union steward at the Birkenhead plant, said, “We are all very angry at the plans and are going to fight on.

“It’s ironic that the Labour government is sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, while closing down some of the plants that produce their equipment!”

Delegations came from Remploy plants in Wigan, St. Helens and Wales.

The workers are set to strike on Wednesday and Thursday of this week as are workers at the York Remploy factory.

The campaign will continue with further action next week.

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Tue 12 Feb 2008, 19:06 GMT
Issue No. 2088
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