Last week 25 of the 54 Remploy factories shut down throwing more than a thousand disabled workers on the dole.
Another 20 factories are due to close or be sold off by next year and the remaining 9 are in limbo.
Disgracefully, any sell-off will also punish disabled workers.
The coalition have assured potential buyers that they will not have to maintain Remploy workers’ pension rights.
Shockingly, those lining up to buy Remploy plants have indicated that they will make redundancies based on individual disability.
Workers at plants under threat of privatisation in Chesterfield and Springburn, Glasgow have acted swiftly - they will begin a five-day strike from Monday 3rd September (this is a change to the previous report that said the strike was due to begin next week).
Disabled workers remaining at Remploy need the kind of solidarity we saw during the strikes in July.
Trade unionists and activists need to bring solidarity to the picket lines.
Messages of support can be sent to :
GMB Chesterfield firstname.lastname@example.org
GMB Springburn Philip.email@example.com
Donations can be made out to ‘GMB’ and sent to GMB, Grove Hall, 60 College Grove Rd, Wakefield, WF1 3RN.
On the opening day of the Paralympic Games, as well as the Atos Games protests, current and former Remploy workers will be holding a protest in Stratford.
COME & SUPPORT REMPLOY DISABLED WORKERS
Wednesday 29th August
STRATFORD TUBE STATION