Friday 3 August 2012

Remploy Strike Off But Jobs Fight Continues

Barking Remploy picket line

Unions representing Remploy workers have suspended the strike due to take place this Monday 6th August.

It would have been the third day of strike action by Remploy workers who have been solid in the struggle against the closure of 27 out of the 54 Remploy plants.

As the consortium of GMB and Unite representatives note in their statement issued yesterday:

“Over the last two weeks 80% of workers did not attend work on the allocated strike days” 

The statement continues:

“The Consortium are now developing a new strategy which will have more effect on the Government. So the strike on Monday 6th is now suspended in order to hold consultations with our members. The overtime ban is continuous … The consortium will be calling for demonstrations in London and other city centres and a special leaflet on the Olympics is available for the national offices of the unions.

THE FIGHT GOES ON WE INTEND TO SET UP REGIONAL REMPLOY SUPPORT GROUPS IN EVERY CITY IN TOWN AND WE ARE ALSO FIGHTING TO BRING ABOUT A FAIR AND EQUITABLE RESULT FOR THIS DISPUTE.”

Yesterday, disabled activists including Remploy workers and supporters harried Work and Pensions minister Iain Duncan Smith on his tour of DWP offices around Tyneside.

Union-News report that  GMB and Unite have called a mass lobby of the Westminster offices of the Department of Work and Pensions on Wednesday 8th August from 10am.

Activists should continue to back the Remploy workers campaign to stop the massacre of more than 1,200 jobs, the vast majority are disabled workers, many of whom fear they will never work again.

Solidarity is still needed, the first closures are just over a fortnight away.

Trade unionists and activists should endeavour to get banners and delegations to the lobby on Wednesday.

SAVE REMPLOY FACTORIES

Mass Lobby

Wednesday 8th August from 10am

Department of Work and Pensions

Caxton House

6-12 Tothill Street

SW1H 9NA

(nearest tube Westminster)

Called by Unite and GMB

 

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