Nov 092013

Disabled people plan more direct action in Sheffield


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 Disabled people in Sheffield have announced plans for more direct action against the cuts in Sheffield.   Sheffield Disabled People Against the Cuts – Sheffield DPAC – are launching a direct action network at a public meeting taking place at the Central United Reform Church, Norfolk St, Sheffield at 6pm on 12 November.[i]  

Sheffield DPAC will bring together disabled people, carers, supporters, friends and families to fightwhich they say are threatening the lives and livelihoods of disabled people in the UK[ii]


The network will raise awareness about the disproportionate effect that cuts are having on disabled people, from unaffordable energy prices[iii], The Bedroom Tax[iv] and the closure of essential community lifelines such as public libraries[v] to the loss of disability benefits and the impact of the Atos Work Capability Assessment.[vi]


The announcement follows Sheffield DPAC’s first direct action event on 5 November, when up to 100 people attended ‘The Closing Atos Ceremony 2013’ targeting government ‘fitness for work’ contractor Atos in Sheffield.[vii] 


Linda Laurie, Sheffield DPAC, said:


“Disabled people, our friends and families mustorganise to defeat the state’s attacks on disabled people.  Sheffield DPAC is working with public sector trades union and community groups to stop these attacks.  Sheffield DPAC demands that the ConDem Government immediately withdraws all contracts from Atos without compensation and scraps the Work Capability Assessment, giving the funding back to the NHS.  We also demand the abolition of the wasteful and punitive Work Programme which pays millions to private companies; if work needs doing, people should be paid a living wages for doing it.  Unpaid work takes away work from workers and undermines wages.  Sheffield DPAC also demands an end to The Bedroom Tax and demands the reversal of public service, and other benefit cuts.  Benefit claimants did not cause the financial crisis or the public spending deficit so why should the poorest people, including disabled people, pay for it?”



Notes to editors:  Disability rights activists are available to talk to the media, please contact the Sheffield DPAC or UKUncut Sheffield media phone for details.  Please do not pass on contact details to external bodies or agencies.


[i] Sheffield DPAC Launch Meeting!/events/421434917957473/?fref=ts




[iii]“The victims: Old, sick and in dread of winter”




[v] Library closure councils ‘neglecting the vulnerable’




[vii] “Protesters’ day of action”


Apr 042012

Date: Friday, 20th April 2012
Time: Assembly Midday
Place: Outside the Department of Work and Pensions, Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9NA
Rally: March to Old Palace Yard, Westminster (opposite Parliament) for Rally with Speakers

We must show the strength of feeling that taking jobs from disabled people should not be tolerated in a civilised society.

Transport is being arranged from all Remploy London sites.  For information contact:

It would be helpful if you can register to attend by clicking

Please come – and bring your friends – and bring your families too!!


On 7th March Remploy announced its intention to close all of its factories with the


potential compulsory redundancy of 1,752 mostly disabled workers. The joint Unions are


committed to fighting to save the Remploy factories and our members’ jobs.


We must show the strength of feeling that taking jobs from disabled people should not


be tolerated in a civilised society. It will not improve the country’s financial situation – it


may well make it worse.


Join us in the fight to save Remploy

Dec 172011

URGENT: Less than ‎48 hours to stop betrayal of the united pensions struggle and fight for our welfare state

On Thursday, 15th December, the TUC’s Public Sector Liaison Group (PSLG) met for the first time since the 30th November public sector strike which DPAC and many of our disabled supporters took part in. Some of us are personally affected by the  disgraceful public sector pensions changes which the coalition government are trying to railroad through. Others quite rightly see this as the only legitimate action trade unions can take to try to defend our welfare state and much needed public services from the Condems.

Reports from some of those attending this meeting, say  Brendan Barber, General Secretary of the TUC, argued that all of the trade unions should sign up to the government’s latest ‘heads of agreement’ on pensions.  This would then allow Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude to announce before Christmas that the dispute has been settled. This was met with outrage by most of the public sector trade unions present.

Not one of the central demands of public sector workers has been met.  All public sector workers are still being told to work longer, pay more and get less.  The teaching unions NUT and NASUWT reported that they had been offered no serious concessions by the government, as did the civil servants’ union PCS, the Fire Brigades Union and representatives of workers in the NHS.

In local government the only concession is to delay the attacks on pensions until 2014, provided that local government unions promise to accept this without a fight when it comes in. Apparently Dave Prentis – General Secretary of Unison – the biggest union in health and local government –  is allegedly arguing for accepting this sell out.  Speaking as a UNISON retired member and in a personal capacity I find this disgraceful.

Now the TUC has recalled the PSLG for 3pm on Monday, 19th December to try and force through acceptance of the Government’s plans. Trade union groups, have called a lobby of this  next TUC meeting from  2 pm at Congress House.

Online petitions have been set up (Socialist party petition) and (Right to Work petition)

Please let anyone who lives in or near London know about this lobby and the on-line petitions.