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3 May 2012
MAY 9TH LONDON PROTEST, MARCH AND LOBBY OF PARLIAMENT AGAINST THE PROPOSED CLOSURE OF REMPLOY FACTORIES
This protest and lobby of Parliament and the demonstrations around the country are a measure of the massive public support for continued funding of the Remploy factories says GMB
There will be a Remploy protest, march and Lobby of Parliament in London on Wednesday 9th May. This is the latest event in a long line of events against the closure of Remploy factory that employ disabled workers. These and other events are organized by Remploy unions GMB and Unite. The lobby is sponsored by Ian Lavery MP.
Remploy workers and their many supporters are angry at the coalition government's decision to shut 36 of the 54 Remploy sites this summer with compulsory redundancies for 1,752 people, of these 1,518 are disabled. It is envisaged that the remaining 18 sites will close soon after. This decision on closure was made on 7 March 2012.
Details for protest and march are as follows:
Protest from 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday 9th May 2012
at DWP Offices,
6-12 Tothill Street
London SW1H 9NA
March assembles from 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday 9th May 2012
at the Old Palace Yard
The march will move off to the House of Commons no later than at 1:15 p.m.
The lobby will take place on:
Between 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on
Wednesday 9th May 2012 in
Committee Room 14
House of Commons
Only 130-140 people will be allowed in Committee Room 14. Preference will be given to those travelling into London.
The Remploy factories schedules to close in the first wave are as follows: Aberdare, Aberdeen, Abertillery, Acton, Ashington, Barking, Barrow, Birkenhead, Bolton, Bridgend, Bristol, Chesterfield, Cleator Moor, Croespenmaen, Edinburgh, Gateshead, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Merthyr Tydfil, Motherwell, Newcastle, North London, North Staffs, Oldham, Penzance, Pontefract, Poole, Preston, Southampton, Spennymoor, Springburn, Swansea, Wigan, Worksop and Wrexham.
Phil Davies, GMB National Secretary said “This Lobby of Parliament and the demonstrations around the country are a measure of the massive public support for continued funding of the Remploy factories.
It is now clear that this government will use the money that was earmarked to support the direct employment of disabled people to privatise its' Employment Services business. It is outrageous that the government can take away the jobs of disabled workers the length and breadth of the country to carry out an ideologically motivated privatisation.”
Kevin Hepworth, Unite Officer with responsibility for Remploy said “We expect hundreds of people, workers from Remploy and members of the public to attend these demonstrations. We have received a huge number of telephone calls from disabled people who are concerned that their family members and members of their community will be denied this type of support in the future. We call on the government to honour its' commitment given less than a year ago that no disabled worker would be made compulsory redundant in Remploy.”