Tuesday 14 August 2012

Birkenhead Remploy Workers Continue Jobs Fight

Around 40 people turned out to protest against the closure of the Remploy factory, Birkenhead.

This saw representatives from the NUT, UCU and Unite as well as local anti cuts campaign groups Does Liverpool Care and Liverpool Against the Cuts.

Gareth Rees, GMB steward at Remploy noted his disappointment in GMB officials who failed to turn up and support the demonstration. There was also a sense of workers not wanting to dissipate from the movement after the closure of Remploy and lots saying they wanted to join the March on 20th October.

One worker expressed his sadness about the factory closing explaining that some people had worked there for 40 years. He went on to say that the factory was like a family and there was a lot of fear about what would happen afterwards:

They sent in people from the job centre to help us find more work but there’s 2.5 million unemployed, how will we fit in to the job market when we have disibilities and a lot of us are older?’

The demonstration had good local coverage and has sent a clear message about attacks to the most vulnerable in our society, but there was also a feeling of continuing the fight.

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