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Thursday, March 13, 2008

GMB Officials Resign From Labour Over Remploy

Union reps involved in the Remploy Dispute have been ripping up their Labour Party cards over the behaviour of the government.

More at the Socialist Unity Blog here and in the Guardian here.

After the failure of an 11th-hour appeal to Gordon Brown, 28 factories employing the disabled will close. The workers are accusing the government of a 'shameful and gross betrayal' of society's most vulnerable.

Phil Davies, a national official for the GMB union, which has fought the closures, has ripped up his Labour party card in disgust. 'There is a lot of anger and bitterness at the cruel way Labour has given up on these people,' he said. 'This has caused very bad blood between the government and unions. We have never seen workers treated in such a despicable way. They are being bullied into accepting these closures.

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