Peter Fights for Remploy

Neath MP Peter Hain has pledged to fight hard to maintain the Remploy factory at Baglan after visiting the workforce and being briefed by management and trade union representatives.

Mr Hain explained that although – unlike Swansea Remploy – the factory will not shut soon, the Government may close it within a year unless it can become commercially viable without the public subsidy for its disabled workforce which has been provided by successive Governments since Remploy was established for injured veterans after the Second World War.
‘The Tory Liberal democratic Government’s decision to chop the subsidy for Remploy is callous and shameful. Neath Port Talbot may have had a temporary reprieve but it could still close unless a business plan can be put together which secures its future standing on its own like any other private company. I have pledged to support the workforce in putting together a plan which may stand a chance of getting the go-ahead from the Government.

This is an intolerable situation for many of our most vulnerable workers. But they have shown over the years at Remploy Neath Port Talbot that they can produce products competitively and to a very high quality.

‘The Labour Welsh Government has thrown out a bit of a lifeline which is very welcome and I hope that its support can help secure the future of the factory. But be in no doubt, it will be tough. To end the generations-long subsidy within the next year as the Government has insisted it will do, means the workforce must now come up with this new survival plan. I think it could be done, but only with goodwill and hard work on all sides. I will certainly do all I can to assist.’

 

Poems by D M Jackson.

When you hear the word Remploy

When you hear the word Remploy

What immediately comes to mind

People who are disabled working

They could be deaf, dumb or blind

 

They are just as capable

With the job they do

You may even be surprised

That they can do it better than you

 

So making people aware

Of exactly what Remploy do

Is putting ability first

And what they can do for you

DM Jackson 18th May 2010

 

Putting Ability Frist

The government select committee

Visited Remploy Baglan

Not only to see what we do

But also to show that we can

 

Now you have seen us building a product

And that we do it very well

And with the governments continued backing

It is a product that will continue to sell

Now you can understand

How much our job is worth

Please let us continue to do it

By putting ability first.