Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/504/3222

From The Socialist newspaper, 4 October 2007

Remploy workers win partial victory

Remploy workers won a very important partial victory from the government at Labour Party conference. Secretary of state for Work and Pensions, Peter Hain, announced a moratorium on Remploy factory closures. In return, the unions agreed to withdraw their motion to conference.

Socialist Party Wales

The GMB motion called for 150 million of public procurement contracts to go to Remploy factories, an end to the factory closures and the expansion of the Remploy factory workforce. It called for every public sector contracting body to give at least one contract to Remploy and for the new Remploy job centre (Interwork) functions to be returned to Job Centre Plus.

Hain's concessions were significant, if vague. He accepted the importance of European legislation that allows factories employing at least 50% disabled people to secure public procurement contracts without tendering for them. He announced a moratorium on closures "to help find a solution" to the dispute.

He also announced that no factory closures would take place without the agreement of ministers. He announced 555 million of subsidies, although this is not new money and it is over five years. But union officials and shop stewards can now argue this should be spent on more jobs in the factories instead of on building up the Remploy Interwork scheme. He also announced that there will be no compulsory redundancies.

However, Hain also said that: "Remploy must change to have a financially sustainable future". If the pressure is not kept up, the factories will be picked off one by one. There has already been a significant run-down of employment within the factories over the last several years, in response to a directive to make the factories 'unviable'.

Hain's announcement may have been hastened by the possibility of an autumn election. But, it is the result of a tremendous campaign by union shop stewards and members within the factories with important work from union officials, as well. The government thought that disabled workers would be a soft target.

Remploy workers and shop stewards demonstrating outside Labour Party conference made their determination clear.

Chris Williams, GMB shop steward from Bridgend spoke for many when he said: "This is mainstream employment. If you didn't have 'Remploy' over the door, it could be Sony's or Ford's."

Stewart Fitzpatrick added, "They're not just trying to take our jobs. They're trying to take the jobs of the next generation of disabled people that are growing up at the moment".

The task now is to keep the pressure up and build Remploy shop stewards networks both regionally and nationally, to defend every Remploy factory and every Remploy job.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 4 October 2007:

Support postal workers: decisive action can win

"We've had the battle - now this is war!"

Protests make bosses ditch closure plan


War and terrorism

Iraq: end the occupation nightmare

Stop the War Coalition (STWC) national demonstration


Editorial and comment

Tory party fears an autumn election

Banking turmoil continues

Corporate Labour


Socialist Party NHS campaign

Come to the NHS demo!

Swansea meeting


Socialist Party news and analysis

Classroom assistants on strike

Supermarket price-fixing scandal

Success! Double whammy for nursery campaign


Socialist Party features

EU's anti-working class 'reforms'

Fighting nuclear power


Socialist Students

Students want to fight back


Socialist Party feature

Che Guevara - revolutionary fighter


Socialist Party events

Socialism 2007: Ideas for our future

Socialism 2007.net


International socialist news and analysis

Burma: Dictatorship under threat


Socialist Party reviews and comment

QPR buy-out - Reclaim the game!

It's a free world, a film by Ken Loach

Anno 1701 - Dawn of Discovery


Socialist Party workplace news

Local government pay offer: It's time for action

Remploy workers win partial victory

Care workers on strike

National Shop Stewards Network makes plans


 

Home   |   The Socialist 4 October 2007   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Remploy:

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleSupport for socialist alternative to pro-cuts New Labour at GMB conference

triangleCon-Dems' latest cruel cut: Disability Living Allowance

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleLondon: Remploy demonstration

Disabled:

triangleWaltham Forest Universal Credit protest

triangleChatsworth ward campaign replies to Tory MP's intervention

triangleUN slams Tories for disabled rights ruin

triangle'Freedom riders' lobby against violent policing

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

16/12/17

Haringey

Blairite council 'all ears' to rich property developers

16/12/17

North West

Arriva bus drivers' action wins pay rise

14/12/17

Waltham Forest

Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

13/12/17

London

Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

13/12/17

Fracking

Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

13/12/17

Devon

Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

13/12/17

Miners

Tory plan to hold dinner at coal mining museum defeated

13/12/17

Bradford

Bradford campaign to save children's services launched

13/12/17

South London

South London health bosses' cover-up

13/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite day of action against blacklisting

13/12/17

Brighton

Brighton victory

13/12/17

Newham

Newham anti-academies strikes

13/12/17

Tamil Solidarity

Tamil Solidarity and Refugee Rights activists meeting

12/12/17

Woolwich

Support the Crossrail Woolwich walkout

7/12/17

Blacklisting

Unite protest against blacklisting

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle16 Dec Blairite council 'all ears' to rich property developers

triangle16 Dec Arriva bus drivers' action wins pay rise

triangle14 Dec Stop the rotten redevelopment plan, demand residents

triangle13 Dec Six months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangle13 Dec Movement growing against fracking giant Ineos

triangle13 Dec Totnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

triangle13 Dec Trump's incendiary Jerusalem statement reignites Israeli-Palestinian...

More ...

triangle18 Dec Leeds Socialist Party: Religion and Socialism

triangle19 Dec Bristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangle21 Dec Wakefield Socialist Party: Socialists and the National Question

triangle6 Jan Socialist Party national women's meeting

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

December 2017

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice

V2