19 July 2012
Remploy workers staged the first of two 24-hour strikes today. The action across the country was magnificent, with lots of lively picket lines.
The workers, members of the Unite and GMB unions, will be out again next Thursday, 19 July, in their campaign to stop the government closing 36 of the 54 remaining Remploy factories that provide employment for disabled workers. They are also on a continuous overtime ban.
If the factories are closed, more than 1,700 workers – over 1,500 of them people with disabilities – will be thrown on the dole.
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Solidarity pic: Sasha Simic