John McDonnell MP
Les Woodward GMB
National Convenor of Remploy
Gail Cartmail Unite Assistant General Secretary
Rob Murthwaite Disabled People Against Cuts
Thursday 19 April 7.30pm
University of London Union
London WC1E 7HY
Disabled access via Malet street entrance. Adapted toilet on second floor. Disabled accessible lift.
The announcement by Maria Miller, Tory Secretary for Work and Pensions, that she would close 54 Remploy factories in a two phase attack on disabled people must be fought and challenged by the whole of the Trade Union, Labour and Disability movement.
This attack is a despicable act of barbarism and nasty vindictiveness against the company and its employees. What this act of barbarism will achieve, however, will be misery, poverty and a very early grave for the vast majority of Remploy
workers. Workers who will be paying the ultimate price with their jobs for the economic crisis that they had no part in causing nor benefited from, unlike the multi millionaire bankers and the very good multi millionaire friends in the Cabinet who are doing very nicely, thank you very much out of this crisis.
Tory ministers claim Remploy factories are ineffi cient but fail to mention they handed out £1.8 million in bonuses to Remploy bosses who have deliberately run
down the company in order to ease the way for closure of the factories.
With 6 people chasing every job vacancy in Britain, it is transparently dishonest of the Tories to say the closures are part of a plan to get disabled people into other workplaces. Of the workers made redundant in the round of closures
in 2007 only 6% have found alternative employment.
Instead of slashing jobs and wrecking lives the government should invest and give disabled workers the power to make Remploy the workplace they want.
This is an attack that can be stopped. When construction bosses tried to cut pay for electricians by 35% they fought back and won against huge fi rms like Balfour Beatty. Remploy workers can win too, but like the ‘sparks’ they will need solidarity from the movement to support their struggle. Please come to this
meeting and show your support.
Remploy Workers will not go quietly into the night, we will not go
Remploy factories are not for closure and not for sale at any price!