Unite, one of the largest unions in Wales, has launched a new campaign to secure the future of disabled workers in the country. The Save Remploy Wales campaign calls on the UK government to hand over responsibility for the remaining Remploy sites in Wales to the Welsh Government.
The focus of the online campaign is www.saveremploywales.org and urges people to get involved with putting pressure on the UK government and minister for disabled people to accept the Welsh Government’s request to devolve Remploy in Wales to them.
Andy Richards, Unite Wales Secretary said:
“The UK government has betrayed disabled workers in Wales time and time again and they appear hell bent on pushing ahead with their proposed closure of Remploy factories.
We believe, as do the Welsh Government that Remploy not only offers an invaluable opportunity for disabled people in the workplace but also has a viable future.
I have written to the UK minister for disabled people urging her to consider again and accept the Welsh Government’s request to devolve responsibility to them.
We are now asking the people of Wales to get behind Remploy workers and the campaign to Save Remploy in Wales.”
People can send messages of support for Remploy workers and the campaign through the site as well as getting involved with lobbying for the devolution of Remploy in Wales.
Unite is one of the unions that represents members working at Remploy in Wales.
The campaign site can be found at www.saveremploywales.org
For further information contact Unite communications and campaigns co-ordinator Hannah Blythyn on 07980 237694 or Unite regional officer Andrea Jones on 07919 320930.
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.