No. 134 Solidarity action – “We need a General Strike”

March 22, 2013 in Bulletins, Remploy, Reports, Strikes

Solidarity action?  “Let’s call it by its proper name – we need a general strike” Boooo! That was the response from the 500-strong rally of PCS strikers to the appearance of Tory Chancellor George Osborne on the big screen outside parliament. While he lied and spun his way to making more cuts, inspiring speeches were made by striking workers and labour movement leaders. First time striker John represented the caterers in the House of Lords. On the picket line supporters heard that caterers are on £900 a month while Lords members get £300 a month for ‘subsistence’ just for turning […]

No. 130 ‘Its not a crisis, its a con!”

February 21, 2013 in Bulletins, Remploy, Strikes

sort of had to blink a few times, were Unite lobbying Unison at its national HQ on 26th Feb 12.30 to save the Agenda for Change? (NHS workers’ agreements which would mean cuts to pay, terms and opting out of national agreements).  Well yes and no, Unite are lobbying at Unison HQ but it’s the National Staff Council.  Anyway the thing is, it is very possible that one union or several more publicly lobby or challenge others over strategies to fight (or not) against cuts and the ‘need for Austerity’ myth. For Unite members (& the wider community) in Derby, there will […]

UNISON members working for Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have voted overwhelmingly for strike action

October 25, 2012 in Remploy, Strikes

Unison Mid Yorkshire Health Branch Press release: UNISON members working for Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in their campaign against compulsory redundancies and pay cuts. The Admin and Clerical staff voted 88 % in favour of strike action and 96% in favour of action short of strike action. UNISON Branch Secretary Adrian O’Malley said “This vote shows the anger our members are feeling at losing so many jobs and taking pay cuts of between £1500 and £3000 in the middle of a pay freeze and recession. They are particularly angry that while they are […]

Remploy Glasgow – 1st day of 4 day strike!

September 3, 2012 in Remploy, Reports

  The first of a four day strike at Remploy Springburn in Glasgow was absolutley solid. Only one staff member crossed the picket line, a HR manager who sneaked in early. Pickets did shifts all day with no less than thirty workers manning the gates. The mood was determined but angry, especially when pickets read in the newspapers that “factory killer”, Maria Miller is to be pormoted in the cabinet reshuffle. Messages of support also welcome to: GMB Chesterfield kevin.shand@remploy.co.uk GMB Springburn Philip.brannan@remploy.co.uk. Donations can be made out to ‘GMB’ and sent to GMB, Grove Hall, 60 College Grove Rd, Wakefield, […]

Support the Remploy fight

August 10, 2012 in Remploy, Reports

Article, interviews and reports For months the Con-Dem government have stated their intention to close 36 out of 54 Remploy factories across the UK. Remploy workers had already voted overwhelmingly to take strike action on 19 and 26 July to save these plants and the related jobs. Now this has added urgency because on 10 July the government announced the closure of the first 27 plants, possibly by Christmas. This is a further attack on disabled people who want to have a choice of what form their working lives take, whether it’s supported employment or mainstream employment. Remploy factories play […]

Second strike day at Remploy factories

August 10, 2012 in Remploy, Reports

Leeds The second day of strike action at the Leeds Remploy factory saw large numbers of pickets once again. A delegation from the PCS DWP group executive came down early on to support the strike as did members of other local trade unions. The pickets’ anger showed with chants of ‘Maria Miller Factory Killer’ directed at the government minister in charge of factory closures. Peter Williams who has worked here for 33 years said: “The government are doing it all wrong, David Cameron has gone back on his word. Before they came into power he said that he would help […]

Remploy Strike 1

July 20, 2012 in Remploy, Reports

20 July For months the Con-Dem government have stated their intention to close 36 out of 54 Remploy factories across the UK. Remploy workers had already voted overwhelmingly to take strike action on 19 and 26 July to save these plants and the related jobs. Now this has added urgency because on 10 July the government announced the closure of the first 27 plants, possibly by Christmas. This is a further attack on disabled people who want to have a choice of what form their working lives take, whether it’s supported employment or mainstream employment. Remploy factories play a vital role […]