Over the past few months Jon has been running an online forum for local residents to send their best wishes to the sacked Remploy workers. The amount of messages that were received as a result was astounding.
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An event held to celebrate the role of disabled people in the workplace and A call for greater equality saw Unite’s General Secretary Len McCluskey issue a statement in solidarity with disabled people which recognised that they are among the hardest hit by government cuts to welfare and public services.
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Remploy members have been overwhelmed by the messages of support they have received following the shameful announcement that 27 Remploy factories are to close imminently – with a big question mark hanging over the fate of the rest of the sites. But Remploy workers need YOU this Thursday (26/7/12). This is their second day of strike action and they need YOUR support once again! Read More »
Attending the picket line at the Remploy Wythenshawe print works, Manchester yesterday was a worthwhile experience. All 14 Unite members were out on strike, keen to stand up for their rights in a last-ditch fight to get the government to change its mind on the closure programme. More realistically the hope also was that, at the very least, the redundancy offer would be increased to match that paid to those who left the company two and five years ago. All 54 Remploy factories are earmarked for closure over the next year to 18 months. A total of 2,800 people, of which around 2,400 are disabled, will be losing their jobs. It doesn’t take a genius to work out that finding another job won’t be easy, and the strikers I spoke to all fear what will happen to them in the future. Most fear never working again. Over the road from where they work is a factory that has now stood empty for six years. Read More »