Cumbrian MP attacks 'cowardly' decision to close Remploy factory
Last updated at 11:41, Thursday, 08 March 2012
A Cumbrian MP has described a Government decision to shut a factory for disabled workers as “cowardly, duplicitous and shameful”.
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I worked for Remploy from 2007 until 2011 so I can speak about the Remploy closures with inside knowledge. The factories can be made viable if politicians local and national have the will to make this happen. Unfortunately this country has a history of closing and selling off manufacturing whereas our partners in Europe especially Germany have retained a strong manufacturing base which has been hugely beneficial to exports.
The Remploy workforce is skilled in making many products. Extensive training is given to anyone wishing to better themselves. The Remploy factories are not institutions as some politicians like to think, they are work places where loyal workers want to put in a days work just like any other workplace. Unlike the House of Lords where most of the participants either fall asleep or don't attend but still get paid. I did not want to drag my comments down to this level but Government should look at its own back door first.
Remploy must be leaner, but not by reducing the workers. Central overheads need to be reduced and the factories need greater autonomy. I don't believe enough thought has been given to make the Remploy model work. I have spent over 40 years running factories so I speak from experience.
The figures given by Marie Miller don't add up. Very few of the workers can expect to get jobs so will have no choice but to go onto benefits. Empty factories will need to have security and there will be other hidden costs.
Lastly if the Coalition can spend billions each year on foreign aid, some of which will find its way into the pockets of corrupt governments, surely they can support Remploy until each of the factories is properly evaluated with involvement from the workforce so that the correct decision can be made. The government themselves could be putting more work into the factories.
The Labour Government didn't saddle the country with Â£1 trillion debt.
This was a bankers bailout.(50% of Tory funding comes from the banks)
Otherwise are we to blame Labour for every other country's debts?
The Tories achieved 33% of the vote from a 68% turnout. That in a time when Brown was the most unpopular leader for decades.
The British people are instinctively liberal.
The Tories only aim is to push wages down whilst maximising share dividends.
The Tories also changes their term to 5 years straight away when elected. Also making it take a 55% vote against them to make a vote of no confidence.
They allowed a man who is currently being investigated by Scotland Yard (Coulson) into the heart of government, whilst Cameron hung around with more criminal suspects in his private time.
The Tories did not put any of their policies before the British people.
If as they claim, the cuts were necessary, then why did both Cameron and Osborne vote with the Labour governments spending plans whilst in oppposition?
This is a coalition of corruption.
There is no other way a decent society could look at it.
We all contribute.
We all deserve something back.
To state that unemployment is in some way beneficial makes us look as idiotic as the neo-rightists standing for the Republican nomination in the US.
@ Ray, in the early 90's I pounded the streets of Speke, Toccy, Maghull, Bootle, Crosby, Fazack, Waterloo etc. etc. Canvassing for the REAL Labour party. When John Smith died we were instructed that although we had a good chance of winning the next General Election, we would have a better chance if we all nominated Tony Blair as new leader. I voted for Roy Hattersley as he was a man I had met on several occasions and who was an incredibly intelligent man with scruples to match. The rest is history. I find that opposing for opposition sake is lazy politics and when I was younger I looked up to the Dennis Skinners of the world who opposed skilfully with an intelligent, alternative argument rather than jumping on bandwagons as is the wont of most current politicians. Modern politics seems to be all about opportunism and spin rather than debate and substance and that was the basis for my comment earlier. To imply I am deluded shows your own limitations not mine and if we cannot get a better standard of politician (either in opposition or in Government) than the current swathe then politics is dead in this country and the money men have won!