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Remploy workers strike back in Scotland as factories close

Issue No. 2326

Remploy workers in Scotland struck for 24 hours on Monday of this week. The strikes are at the Clyde Bank, Cowdenbeath, Dundee, Stirling and Leven factories. Workers also lobbied the disabilities minister Esther McVey who was visiting Edinburgh.

More factories were set to close this week. In July the government announced that 27 Remploy factories would close by the end of the year, throwing about 1,700 disabled workers out of work.

A further nine factories face an uncertain future. The remaining 18 sites are due to close or be sold off next year.

Figures released by the government show that of 1,421 disabled Remploy staff sacked by the government this summer, only 35 have found jobs

Mark from Barking in east London told Socialist Worker, “The goverment ran roughshod over some of the most vulnerable workers. Now they are left without work, and the only help they get is what we do through the union.

“Without a shadow of a doubt I would back a general strike. Working people have to stand up. There are loads of disputes and we need to join together.”


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Tue 23 Oct 2012, 17:13 BST
Issue No. 2326
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