The Unite and the GMB unions suspended a five day strike that was set to start on Monday of this week at Chesterfield Remploy. It was suspended for talks.
Meanwhile the closure of Remploy factories continues to gather speed. Workers at the Remploy’s Cowdenbeath factory struck on Tuesday morning over the threat of closure. The factory is down to be privatised.
Unite shop steward Linda Menzies said, “The silence from the DWP and senior management is the biggest factor in our struggle now. As a result, we can only expect the worst case scenario so we have to fight.”
Former Paralympic medallist Brian Davies has just lost his job at Remploy’s Wigan factory after 33 years. He told Socialist Worker, “I left the factory and I cried for three hours. It was the saddest day of my life.”
Kevin Hepworth from Unite is the Remploy union consortium’s chair. He said there should be a commitment from Labour that it will reopen factories.
But Labour has closed Remploy factories in the past. And we need to save Remploy jobs now.