Labour Party Conference
POLICE were called as
disabled rights protesters blocked entrances at
Tesco Metro on Manchester's Market Street for
nearly two hours.
Tuesday, 26th September 2006
They were campaigning
against a government scheme being piloted by the
supermarket and other organisations to get
disabled people into work placements, which they
A Tesco spokesman insisted
there was no compunction in the "Pathways to
Work" pilot and said the scheme was to help
incapacity benefits claimants who wanted it to
get work experience. No-one was arrested.
Earlier, disabled people
protested outside Manchester town hall against
moves to close some of the 83 Remploy factories
around the country - including in Bolton,
Stockport, Manchester and Radcliffe - which
employ 5,000 workers, the vast majority of them
Remploy receives £118m
government funding a year. Its board has said it
is looking at closing a number of factories and
get disabled people working in the private
Disability rights groups
also marched towards the Labour conference to
protest against the
Welfare Reform Bill, which aims to get
disabled benefits claimants into work.
2008 Manchester Evening News.