2,500 Remploy Jobs Threatened

11 Jul 2011

GMB today responded to a statement by the Minister for disabilities, Maria Miller, that she was attracted to the recommendations in the Sayce Report. If the Minister accepts the Sayce Report there are no propects that the 54 Remploy factories can survive without public support says GMB.

Phil Davies, GMB National Secretary for Remploy said, “If the Minister accepts the Sayce Report there are no propects that the 54 Remploy factories can survive without public support. If she goes ahead on the basis of Sayce the 54 factories will close and 2,500 disabled workers will lose their jobs and go on the dole. The Sayce Report is full of aspirations and has very little substance. Most of the report refers to moving resources away from disabled workers in manufacturing to find work for disabled people.

The current employment in the 54 factories are real jobs making products for main line companies like Jaguar Rover and supplying goods to the armed forces.

GMB will staunchly defend these jobs and the communities they are in. What an inditement that a disabled charity, RADAR, conspires to put disabled people out of work.”

The Remploy factories are in Aberdare,Aberdeen, Abertillery,Acton, Ashington, Barking, Barrow, Birkenhead, Birmingham, Blackburn, Bolton, Bridgend,Bristol, Burnley, Chesterfield, Cleator Moor, Clydebank, Coventry, Cowdenbeath, Croespenmaen, Derby, Dundee, Edinburgh, Gateshead, Heywood, Huddersfield, Leeds, Leicester, Leven, Manchester, Merthyr Tydfil,Motherwell, Neath Port Talbot, Newcastle, North London, North Staffordshire, Norwich, Oldham, Penzance, Pontefract, Poole, Porth,Portsmouth, Preston, Sheffield, Southampton, Spennymoor, Springburn, Stirling, Sunderland, Swansea, Wigan, Worksop and Wrexham.