27 Remploy Factories to Close
July 11, 2012
The Fresh Outlook
Government confirms the closure of 27 Remploy factories which employ disabled workers, saying the sites can no longer be subsidised.
The UK government has said that the £320m budget for disabled employment services could be spent more effectively in providing personal support to find mainstream work for ex-Remploy staff.
Among the plants closing are those in Aberdare, Abertillery, Merthyr, Swansea and Wrexham. These Welsh factories will loose a total of 189 jobs. The Welsh government says that the closure of five of
Wales’ seven Remploy factories is a “hammer blow” for workers.
Only a few of the Remploy’s factories, which were established following the Second World War as a way to provide sheltered employment for disabled people, are thought to break even financially.
Maria Miller, minister for disabled people, said: “We are doing everything we can to ensure that Remploy workers will receive a comprehensive package of support and guidance to make the transition from government-funded sheltered employment to mainstream jobs.”
The workers of Remploy’s 54 factories are due to stage two 24-hour strikes in protest. Phil Davies, national officer of the GMB union said: “The strikes will go ahead on July 19 and 26 as planned and should be a rallying point giving each local community the opportunity to stand behind these disabled workers who will be facing the scrapheap.”
By Ellie Stansfield
[Image courtesy of BBC North East Wales]