Archive | December, 2012

1984/85 Miners’ Strike – Campaign for independent review of all convictions

14 Dec

Recently, you may have read media reports concerning the campaign being run by David Hamilton MP and Neil Findlay MSP. Its calling on the Scottish Government’s Justice Secretary, Kenny McAskill MSP and the Police to undertake a full and independent review of all of the convictions of miners arrested in Scotland during the 1984/85 strike.

This follows revelations that have come to light after investigations into Police conduct at Hillsborough and Orgreave. Unite is pleased that there has been a remarkable response from people across Scotland on this issue. It’s revealed the injustices working people suffered to protect jobs and communities, in addition to the deep-rooted anger that workers may have been wrongly arrested and convicted. 

We’re asking our members and the general public to strongly support this campaign.  You can do this in the first instance by visiting the campaign section of Neil Findlay MSPs website and send an email directly to the Justice Secretary and the Chief Constable of Lothian & Borders Police. 

It’s high time to recognise the errors of the past and give justice to the miners. 

Please show your support.


Scottish Government must intervene now after new Remploy closure

6 Dec

Unite Scotland has slammed this morning’s announcement that the Clydebank Remploy factory is to close at a cost of 36 local jobs for disabled workers and is calling on immediate intervention from the Scottish Government.

Remploy management at the West Dunbartonshire site, which manufactures textile components for the car industry, said the plant was ‘no longer viable’ and a 90 day consultation on redundancies will start ‘soon’.

Following last week’s confirmation that Remploy’s Springburn plant will close at a loss of 50 jobs, it’s another callous act forced by the UK government’s shameful ‘Access to Work’ scheme.

Unite Regional Industrial Officer Lyn Turner said, “The UK government is landing blow after blow on the most vulnerable workers in our society and its clear they won’t rest until Remploy is obliterated, so the Scottish Government must intervene now.

Unite has called on the Scottish Government to follow the Welsh Government’s example and set aside a rescue package for our Remploy jobs –  it can be done swiftly if the political will is there.

Last week, we seen a passionate debate in the Scottish Parliament over Remploy and the Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing spoke about the ‘moral obligation’ of supporting these workers. 

Words come too easy, we now desperately need action.”


Notes: For further information please contact Unite Regional Industrial Officer for Remploy Lyn Turner on 07980871394 or Peter Welsh, Unite Scotland Communications on 07810157931.