Monday, 12 March 2012

Marching in support of Remploy workers

Workers at the threatened Remploy factory together with their supporters will hold a solidarity march through Wrecsam on Saturday.

The march starts at the Remploy offices at Regent House, Regent St (opposite the old Art College) at 10am and all local people are urged to join the march to support the campaign to keep the factory open.

Plaid Cymru has made its view clear - the Tory/Lib Dem coalition cuts will wipe out Remploy from Wales. We call on the Welsh Government to put together a package similar to that being organised by Wrecsam council to ensure there are sufficient contracts for the workforce to set up a social enterprise or cooperative to run the organisation.

The £2.2m annual contract for kitchens in Wrecsam council houses is a huge boost to the local plant, an example of how local procurement can work to ensure the money spent by public bodies stays in the local economy.

The decision to axe the funding for these disabled workers mirrors a similarly disgraceful move back in 2007 when Labour decided to cut hundreds of Remploy jobs in Wales.


Plaid Gwersyllt said...

I wonder how many of the 2200 that were made redundant by Remploy AND a Labour Government in 2007 found full time work in the mainstream?

Robert said...

I can answer the ones who lost out in Llanelli, none of them. I went on two radio programs and a TV program with Peter Hain who promised us every disabled person would be found work.

We all know these welfare reforms are about getting rid of the cost of disability it's also cheaper to pay people JSA then pay them to work.

You save a lot of money if your on a means tested JSA then you do on ESA IB.

Labour Tory Liberal the differences these days are in the leaders which one looks and sounds like Blair

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

You took the words out of my mouth, I have written a blog for Total Politics for the 20th March which is making similar points. I will publish it here after the 20th.

Shambo said...

Sorry, but when did Plaid make this view clear. Nothing of this nature seen in the media or official website. Glad to hear it though.