Sad news about the Remploy employees in Dundee being sacked just before Christmas. Their factory will join 30 others throughout the country that are being closed.
From 'The Courier'...
" Earlier this year, the Government acted on the controversial Sayce Report, which recommended that disabled workers would be better served in mainstream employment rather than a supported environment such as Remploy."
The Sayce Report recommends " empowering disabled people and employers by opening up Access to Work, widening access to information and peer support and ensuring support can go with the individual, from job to job, equipping disabled people for the economy of today and tomorrow. Young people do not expect a job for life – so we need to design support that can go with the individual, from job to job.”
Liz Sayce who compiled the report is Chief Executive of radar 'the disability rights people'
Ms Sayce is also Common Purpose. which is a sort of shadow administration which teaches graduates to lead 'Outside Authority'. There are estimated to be about 20,000 graduates throughout the public sector and each 3 day graduate course costs taxpayers about £4,000. Selection for the course is by recommendation.
Remploy employees are probably like myself and had never previously heard of 'The Sayce Report' or 'radar' or 'Common Purpose' but if the government are using these experts to advise them on who to sack then we had better learn fast.
The Courier article continues....
"In a statement to Parliament yesterday, the Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey MP said Remploy in Dundee is ''not commercially viable'' and has ''little realistic prospect of being sold''
The Government did find £2.9Bn to fund various 'green projects' abroad such as Kenyan rain dancers (£25m), windmills in Turkey (£31m) and special vegetation that would help stop Colombian cattle from farting and causing global warming (£15m). It's a sort of green troubleshooting fund where we will fund any hairbrained scheme as long as it has 'green' in the request for money form.
Remploy should have designed a windmill powered water bed that sprinkled you with genuine Kenyan rain water whenever you farted and they would have been sorted.
(UPDATE 1..... 1st Feb 2013. Remploy employee found dead on day of closure of Springburn factory. Recently presented with award for 40 years loyal service.)
(UPDATE 2.... 5th Feb 2013 "Furious disabled workers accuse Tory axewoman Esther McVey of throwing them on scrapheap in wake of Remploy closures". Ms McVey goes to Dundee to talk to workers.)</p>