Remploy: another privatisation scam?

March 9th, 2012

The closure of 36, and ultimately all 54, Remploy sites is a first-order scandal.   No less than 1,752 persons, almost all of them disabled, have been given notice by the government that they will lose their jobs within the next 3 months, at a time when unemployment is 2.68 million and rising, on the grounds that it is better that they get into mainstream employment and that the “Remploy factories should be set free from government control” (and presumably delivered into the tender hands of the market).   The truth is of course that any who were genuinely able to do this would have done so long ago – the reason they didn’t is because they couldn’t.   Even the Liz Sayce review on which the government closure decision was based (she was already known as a strong opponent of Remploy factories, and was chosen to get the conclusion they wanted) admitted that the best factories offer job satisfaction, a supportive and accessible environment, and a reasonable income for their employees.   But that was not allowed to get in the way of a government scenario of asset stripping, management buy-outs, and private takeover. (more…)