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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

A worthy cause

An online petition to stop the closure of Remploy's factories.


Petition to Stop the closure of Remploy Factories and the privatisation of Remploy Employment Services.

We, the undersigned, petition The Right Honourable David Cameron Prime Minister to stop the closure of Remploy Factories and the privatisation of Remploy Employment Services.

Remploy being the largest and the oldest employer of disabled people in Britain is not only a workplace but a way of life for thousands of disabled people who want sustainable employment of their choice.

Remploy was established after the Second World War to provide employment for those brave men and women in the armed forces injured in the pursuit of freedom. Remploy quickly developed into the biggest and most important employer of disabled people in Britain, and still continues today to provide sustainable employment for those men and women returning from active service.

Employees now face the threat of closure after the Government accepted the recommendations of the Report prepared by Liz Sayce and opened a three month consultation period finishing in October 2011.

The Sayce Report aims its javelin against the employment of disabled people, Remploy, residential training colleges and other organisations supporting the disabled and other vulnerable members of our society.

We therefore urge The Right Honourable David Cameron Prime Minister to stop the closure of the Remploy Factory sites and instruct the DWP to enter into meaningful discussion on the structure and future of Remploy and the whole of supported employment programme in Britain with a view to introducing a new vision based on public procurement work.

We also petition The Right Honourable David Cameron Prime Minister to stop the privatisation of Remploy Employment Services which will lead to the deterioration of the provision of employment opportunities for disabled people now and in the future.

On behalf of GMB, Unite and Community we ask you to sign the above petition and help us to save Remploy Factories.

Paul Kenny GMB General Secretary
Len McCluskey Unite General Secretary

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