by David Harney – Reblogged from http://defendequality.blogspot.co.uk/ 19.07.12
Workers at a typical Remploy factory, skillfully manufacturing furniture…
Who, in May 2010, I wonder could have possibly dreamed that this new Tory, Lid-Dem coalition would or could, act with such speed & brutality in its crushing decision to close a minimum 36 of Remploy`s 45 factories? Surely no British government could act this way? There surely can be no way ANY respectable government could simply throw at least 1,500 disabled workers on the unemployment scrap heap, in the depth of the worst recession we have ever lived through? This is pecisely what this Tory led coalition government intend to do!
Last Stand? Disabled Workers at Remploy showing this government, their desperate desire to work!
What of me, I am not disabled, you may ask? Why should I be concerned by closures that don`t affect me? The point is, they DO affect us… they affect every single working person in the land! If this Tory-led coalition can act this way against society`s vulnerable, they can act this way against everyone & anyone they choose, & at will. The Tory track record of this brutality against our society is quite simply, recorded fact. For those of us old enough, who can possibly forget Margaret Thatcher`s open sickening gloating, as miners, steel workers, factory workers, & public servants in their hundreds of thousands being thrown on the dole. Even the kids had their school milk taken from their mouths, in what Thatcher called, `prudent policies`. Who prospered? Bankers, wealthy businessmen, the City`s high-flyers, corporate fat-cats, spivs & legal conmen. It seems that, Thatcher may be gone, but little else changes with the Conservatives. Remploy is testiment enough of that fact!
If we accept, the government`s assertions that `Remploy costs too much`, then why don`t they look at cutting some of the hundreds of able bodied managers, & bosses, who earn an average of £40 to £60k p/a? Why make those who earn the least, pay the most. Able bodied managers stand a far greater chance of finding alternative employment, than a disabled person, with a progressive illness, wouldn`t you say? Quite simply, this government`s `reasons` for Remploy closures just do not stand up to logic.
There are major strike actions happening this Thursday across the country. GMB and Unite members in Remploy are taking strike action to defend their jobs and workplaces against Tory cuts. If you can get to a picket line on Thursday morning, please do – and please sign the Save Remploy Factories Online Petition.