Remploy struggle to continue for vulnerable Fife workers

17 Sep

Unite Scotland members at Remploy’s Cowdenbeath factory will take further strike action tomorrow (Tuesday 18th September) over the threat of Government-enforced closures.

Against a backdrop of total silence from the Westminster Government’s Department of Work & Pensions (DWP), the future of the Fife workforce remains at the mercy of interest from private buyers – something workers fear will lead to inevitable cuts and redundancies in itself.

The employment status of thousands of vulnerable workers across the UK has been fuelled by the Government’s Access to Work policy, underpinned by the findings from the Sayce Report, which recommends disabled people should be mainstreamed into the labour market in the midst of a second recession in four years.

Unite Shop Steward at Remploy Cowdenbeath Linda Menzies said, “The silence from the DWP & Remploy senior management is the biggest factor in our struggle now.  As a result, we can only expect the worst case scenario so we have to fight – a life on the dole doesn’t bare thinking about for this workforce.

Unite Regional Industrial Officer Lyn Turner said, “The way these workers are being treated is cold and shameful.  We urgently need our politicians to come together, work with our members to highlight their struggle and come up with a solution that saves these essential jobs.

We can’t call ourselves a decent society if we are prepared to sit back and let these vulnerable workers be thrown on the unemployment scrapheap in a time of economic recession.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Unite Regional Industrial Officer Lyn Turner on 07980871394.

Unite members at Remploy Cowdenbeath will be on the picket line outside the factory from 7:30AM – 1PM, Tuesday 18th September.

Read the views of Unite’s Remploy Cowdenbeath Shop Steward here: http://www.unitescotland.org/2012/09/05/remploy-workers-nightmare-fight-for-their-futures/

 


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