Remploy workers from across the UK arrived at Labour conference yesterday (Tuesday 2 October) to encourage MPs, councillors and delegates to back the union-led campaign against their brutal treatment at the hands of the government.
Over the summer the coalition callously began the process of closing down 30 Remploy factories, dumping thousands of people out of work. That is why campaigners are calling for a halt to planned closures, as well as fair redundancy and pension packages to employees who have already been laid off.
The Remploy factories are the biggest employer of disabled workers in the UK and closures are having a devastating impact on people across the country. Remploy want to encourage more workers with disabilities into mainstream employment, but Unite believes that without a legal requirement employers will not take disabled workers on.
Kevin Hepworth, Unite regional officer, said: “Over the past few months we have rightly celebrated the inspiring feats achieved by our disabled athletes. But at the same time the nation was cheering on Team GB, Remploy workers were being thrown on the scrapheap.
“The government is planning on cruelly closing down 30 Remploy factories, forcing thousands of loyal hard working employees out of work. Given the appalling way this government has treated disabled people it is little wonder that 80,000 spectators at the Olympic Stadium decided to boo George Osborne.
“Pressing ahead with further closures would be a disaster for Remploy workers and the wider economy. That is why members from Unite, GMB and Community unions are fighting to save every job and ensure that those who have been laid-off get proper pensions and redundancy settlements.”
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Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The union’s general secretary is Len McCluskey.