Almost 50 disabled workers will be made compulsorily redundant with closure of Glasgow site specialising in wheelchair manufacture

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Remploy workers campaigning to keep their remaining specialist factories open have been struck a further blow with the announcement that a key site in Glasgow is to close in January, with the loss of almost 50 jobs.

(Pictured: workers at the Springburn site joined 4-day strike action in September 2012)

The Springburn factory is said to be the last UK manufacturer of wheelchairs for the NHS.

Unions say 45 of the 47 workers there are being made compulsorily redundant and fear they will never work again.

GMB shop steward, Phil Brannan said: “Employees built this business and its products from nothing.

“It is due to our hard work that it has an unbeatable reputation for the quality of our products, cost, and on-time delivery.

“These are our jobs.  Neither Remploy’s board nor the minister has the right to deny us the right to these jobs, no matter how few they may be.

“This whole procedure is corrupt.

“Neither Remploy nor the DWP has acted in the best interests of Remploy’s employees.”

Local MP, William Bain said it was ‘outrageous’ that the factory was being closed.  He highlighted the fact that just 35 of 1,000 sacked Remploy staff elsewhere have found other jobs.

Both staff and local politicians have questioned why one of the potential bidders for the site may now have secured the work of assembling and dispatching wheelchairs.

Glasgow MSP Bob Doris said: “I am convinced these jobs could and should have been saved, and if the UK Government act now they still can be.

“It would appear that tone of the potential bidders may be able to walk away with the order book.

“If true, that is simply wrong, and the Tories should be ashamed of themselves.”

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