A coalition of unions and campaign groups is organising against the government’s plans to close 36 of the remaining 54 Remploy factories.
The closures, announced on 7 March, could make over 1,700 mostly disabled workers redundant—at the same time as the welfare reform bill has slashed disabled people’s access to benefits.
On Friday of next week there will be a national demonstration outside the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) office in Sheffield, as well as a march from its headquarters in central London.
Other actions are set to take place to build momentum and show the Tories that they cannot throw disabled workers on the scrap heap.
- Wednesday 18 April, London: Action called by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and UK Uncut. Assemble 1.30pm outside McDonald’s, Leicester Square
- Thursday 19 April, London: Meeting with John McDonnell MP, Les Woodward (national convenor of Remploy for the GMB union), Gail Cartmail (assistant general secretary of the Unite union) and Rob Murthwaite (Disabled People Against Cuts), 7.30pm, University of London Union, Malet St, WC1E 7HY
- Friday 20 April, Sheffield: Rally outside the DWP office at Steel City House (junction of West St, Church St and Tripit Lane). Assemble 12.30pm, followed by march to Sheffield town hall
- Friday 20 April, London: Rally outside the DWP office, Tothill Street, SW1H 9NA. Assemble 12 noon, followed by march to Old Palace Yard opposite parliament