Members urged to attend consultation meetings to save disabled jobs


GMB members are being encouraged to attend consultation meetings today [Monday] in Manchester and Leeds to protest against the planned closure of the the UK’s 54 Remploy factories.

The government wants to cut funding for factories, which could see as many as 4,000 disabled people lose their jobs.

Phil Davies, GMB National Secretary, said: “We shall tell the Department of Work and Pensions that closing 54 Remploy factories is the aim of conflicted axe grinders who want the funding for themselves. Another threat is that the factories are rendered less economic being only 50% loaded because either public bodies have failed to support them with work as allowed under EU rules or their own managers are turning down work.

“We’ll tell DWP it would cost the treasury less to keep the factories operating fully loaded rather than putting the workers out of work on welfare. The majority of Remploy workers who lost their jobs in 2008 are still on welfare 3 years later.

“These factories have a successful track record going back to 1946 till the public authorities stopped loading them with work in 1990s due to then EU directive. The EU rules have been changed and the factories can be successful again when they are fully loaded. Making uniforms for the armed forces, emergency services and medical staff, and supplying schools would more than keep them busy.

The consultation meetings run from 10am – 12noon at the Mint Hotel, Wharf Approach, Granary Wharf, Leeds
LS1 4BR and at The Mint Hotel, 1 Auburn Street, 1 Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3DG

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