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Carlyon Print’s Campaign Reaches National TV
March 27, 2007, 7:46 pm
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BBC London News, came to Carlyon Print this morning to interview Disabled staff left with a uncertain future after Brent Council’s recent decision to close the factory rendering over 25 people unemployed, staff were unable to talk the BBC as Brent had issued a media blackout order, however a customer spoke of “A Community, A Community, Brent Council wishes to destroy…” A leading Brent Councillor compared the closure of Carlyon to a act of a communist state.

A union representative also spoke of his disgust at Brent Council’s actions, A forward select committee has met tonight at the town hall to discuss and scrutinise the actions of the management level above Carlyon and the decision to close the factory by the executive committee.

The Segment aired on BBC London News at 18:45 BST via BBC One & BBC News 24 available on Freeview, Cable and Sky TV in the UK

It is available online as part of a streaming broadcast at


Disabled but Ready and Willing to Defend Jobs
March 27, 2007, 9:39 am
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LIVERPOOL makes it to Wembley!
Well, these two big lads did.
Such outsize figures have become familiar on demonstrations by Remploy workers opposing the removal of government work and the threatened closure of sheltered workshops. It started with workers in the tailoring branch on Merseyside, who make protective wear for emergencies, and found this traffic-stopping way to model their skills and draw attention to their protests.

Anger as council closes workshop
March 22, 2007, 10:26 am
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A FATHER has spoken of his anger at Brent Council’s decision to close down a workshop run by people with disabilities.

David Robinson, 28, of Hanwell, Ealing, has worked at Carlyon Print, in Carlyon Road, Alperton, since 2003.

Coping with muscular and co-ordination problems, David’s job as a designer has given him a sense of purpose and kept him financially independent from his parents.

Carlyon workshop comes under the axe
March 14, 2007, 11:05 am
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By Sukhi Anand
A CONTROVERSIAL decision to close down a workshop run by people with disabilities was approved by Brent Council’s executive committee.

Carlyon Print, in Carlyon Road, Alperton, is a commercial print company employing 23 people with mental illness, learning and physical disabilities.

The “sheltered workshop”, which opened in 1976, provided a stable environment for staff who learnt skills in printing and hand finishing paper products.

Disabled council employees loose jobs.
March 13, 2007, 6:56 pm
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By Tom Lawrence

A CONTROVERSIAL decision to close a council-run workshop, which employs predominantly disabled people, was made last night.

Brent Council’s Executive Committee decided Carlyon Print in Wembley, was an ‘outdated provision for the disabled’ and agreed it had struggled to meet income targets.The print and hand finishing business was set up under the Disabled Persons Act to employ people with mental health problems, learning problems and physical disabilities.

The 23 employees will now be made redundant.

Brent Council Reaches for the Self Destruct Button
March 13, 2007, 12:15 am
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Monday 12th March 2007, Wembley, London UK
Mass Union Lead Protests lead the charge as the workers and families and supporters of Carlyon Print a supported workshop for disabled people went head to head with council leaders at Brent Town Hall, they protested with banners and made their voices heard, causing general embassament to the council at large.
Supporters came from far and wide to rally to Carlyon’s cause, as other community and social services faced the council’s axe, they stood together as one voice in unity.
Upon entering the council chambers, it was clear the issues of closure had brought the community together with a petition of 3000 strong behind them, however what followed was kangaroo court like farce of epic and saddening proportions, it was clear from the start that council officials who appeared on Carlyon’s side had been gotten too, one member of the table stated this issue “Made him sick to core” and refused to vote. Not surprising when a factory that runs Printing Machines gets compared with a Day Care Centre.
Fact’s and figures that were presented were twisted to the council members own ends. Union members and Opposed councilers voiced the anger only for the table to try to gag them.
It appeared a farce to begin with, however the fact a vote/decision to close Carlyon appeared in a blink of a eye and it was based on a report that had no basis in reality begs the question do we really live in a free and just society? The story is not over…

Trade Unions get behind Carlyon
March 7, 2007, 1:19 pm
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Carlyon Print is a local authority factory which employs disabled people.

Brent Council has given notice to close the factory throwing 30+ disabled people out of work. This is an act of vandalism and will not be tolerated by the trade unions.

We are organising a lobby of the Council on:

Monday, 12th March 2007
5:30pm to 7:15pm
Brent Town Hall, Wembley Road

We need GMB members, T&G members and Amicus members to support our brothers and sisters in Carlyon Print. Please do your utmost to attend and bring your union banners.

Remember 10 months ago the Council in Croydon closed a disabled workplace and 83 disabled workers were thrown onto the benefits system. 10 months later there are still 78 disabled workers out of work.