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The Campaign to Save Remploy

15 Sep

Remploy trade union members protested outside the Thistle Hotel in Glasgow yesterday where officials from the Department of Work and Pensions were meeting senior management from the company.  This is part of a ‘consultative road-show’ concerning  the Sayce report on supported employment, Getting in, Staying in and Getting On.  Unite has argued that these consultations are shrouded in secrecy.

The Sayce report  found that for every £1 spent on support through Access to Work, the government recoups £1.48. Our concern with the report centres on its emphasis of supporting the individual rather than institutions employing the disabled to gain and retain employment.  The need for supported employment is as necessary today as it was when Remploy was set up in 1945.

Remploy, which employs 4,000 people, including 2,800 with disabilities, has been subject to a voluntary redundancy programme which meant 700 people leaving the organisation.  It also provides sheltered employment for people with disabilities producing, among other things,  top range textiles used by security forces.

 

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Jim Sheridan MP

2 Aug

We speak to Jim Sheridan, MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North and chair of the Unite Parliamentary Group at Westminster.