Remploy board ‘wielded the axe’ against 14 disabled workers, rejecting plan to turn Aberdeen factory into social enterprise hub

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A further Remploy factory has been added to the list of sites being closed down, despite attempts to give the workforce a new lease of life as a community enterprise.

The announcement that Remploy’s Aberdeen factory, which employs 14 disabled workers, is to close next week, comes ahead of a visit to the Scottish Parliament next Monday by the disabilities minister, Esther McVey.

Workers at the St Machar Road site had spent several months working on proposals, which had the support of the local authority, MPs and community groups, to turn the textile factory into a social enterprise hub.

Local MPs and Members of the Scottish Parliament had estimated the cost of the project at £120,000.

Unite regional officer, Lyn Turner, told UnionNews: “The Remploy board decided it wasn’t worth the money to try to keep the site open and decided to wield the axe.”

Officials say the factory will be closed for the last time next Friday. They expect the site will be sold to a new owner.

Sacked Remploy workers and activists from across Scotland are expected to lead the STUC’s A Future That Works march through Glasgow on Saturday (20 October).

The Remploy unions are organising a lobby of the Scottish Parliament to coincide with next Monday’s vist by Esther McVey.


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