Haringey Trades Council
Press Release 16th July
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SUPPORT GROWS FOR HARINGEY REMPLOY WORKERS FACED WITH FACTORY CLOSURE
Haringey TUC the local wing of the TUC that covers Tottenham has said that there is growing support across the local community for workers at the Haringey Remploy factory in Hermitage Rd N4 that is due to close.
Workers there members of the GMB and Unite unions are taking part in strike action this Thursday 19th July.
Since 1946 Remploy factories have supported thousands of disabled people’s return to work, from wounded ex-service personnel to people born with complex disabilities. Remploy jobs are real jobs and Remploy workers make sophisticated electronics, school furniture, protective clothing for fire-fighters, monitor security cameras and perform many other skilled roles.
On 7 March 2012 the coalition government announced plans to close 36 of the 54 remaining Remploy sites, with compulsory redundancies for 1,752 people.
This decision came just a few days after the government passed the Welfare Reform Bill, which it claimed has the objective of helping people in to work. Instead of a commitment to help disabled people, who are the most vulnerable people in society, the government is clearly making life worse for them.
Remploy provides real jobs for thousands of disabled workers, giving them the confidence and dignity to be active, to be contributing citizens and to know comradeship at work.
There is no doubt that closing the Remploy factories will cause real hardship and push many disabled workers to the back of the dole queue and into hardship.
Haringey TUC Secretary Keith Flett said The Government has done many heartless things in the name of austerity but this is one of the very worst. We hope this strike will make them reconsider the consequences for real people of their decisions