This week has seen a disgraceful betrayal of disabled workers at Remploy. Some 28 factories are closing and thousands are losing their jobs.
At the Labour Party conference last year the then work and pensions secretary Peter Hain promised, “Remploy has a good future with justice for Remploy workers.” He lied.
And at the Labour Party spring conference two weeks ago Gordon Brown promised to look again at the planned closures. He lied too.
In reality the government has egged on a willing Remploy management into “partnership” deals with other businesses and into searching for profits through slashing jobs.
The Remploy workers put up a determined campaign of protest against the job losses and struck in an attempt to save their jobs.
Unfortunately, the trade union campaign focused on getting the government to listen to the workers’ case. Labour ministers were prepared to take union money and make empty promises. But they weren’t prepared to lift a single finger to safeguard the jobs of thousands of disabled people.