Remploy: National Action to Stop Closures
12th April 2012GMB and Unite, the unions for Remploy workers, have announced action to defend Remploy in the following weeks.
They will hold a demonstration in Norwich on Saturday 14th April. This will be followed by a public meeting in London on Thursday 19th April and national demonstration in London on Friday 20th April.
Speakers include at the public meeting in London will include:
John McDonnell MP, Chair Right to Work campaign
Gail Cartmail, Unite Assistant General Secretary
Les Woodward, GMB National Convenor of Remploy
Rob Murthwaite, Disabled People Against Cuts
Further information can be found on the GMB website.
We are supporting Les Woodward, the GMB National Convenor of Remploy, as the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate for Gowerton ward in Swansea. For more information, see our previous article: Anti-Cuts Candidates Contest Swansea Council Elections
70 trade unionists and ant-cuts campaigners attended a public meeting in Swansea last month, which we reported on here: Trade Unionists and Anti-Cuts Campaigners Pledge Remploy Support
The Socialist Party, Swansea Youth Fight for Jobs and Swansea Anti-Cuts Campaign also ran Remploy petitions and advertised the meeting in the Swansea city centre as part of a budget day protest. See: Swansea Protests on Budget Day
This also follows a march in Wrexham, reported on by the BBC.
These demonstrations follow the Ministerial statement on 7th March in the House of Commons which announced the decision to close 36 of the 54 remaining Remploy sites (including the Swansea site) with compulsory redundancy for 1,752 people of whom 1,518 of these are disabled. The statement envisages the complete closure of all 54 factories in due course.
See: Remploy: Government Sacks 1500 Disabled Workers
Swansea Socialist Party pledge our continuing support to Remploy workers, and we encourage you to support Les in his election campaign in the Swansea council elections 2012.
You can sign the GMB's online petition here:
Petition to stop the closure of Remploy Factories and the privatisation of Remploy Employment Services