Unions have reacted with anger at the news that a number of Remploy factories are to close, including the one in Cleator Moor.
The Union announced recently they will be holding strike action against the decision.
– –PHIL DAVIES, GMB NATIONAL SECRETARY
GMB is very angry with the government’s confirmation today that it will close 27 Remploy factories in the first wave by December with the rest to follow shortly afterwards. To close these factories that employs disabled people in the present economic climate is a sentence to life of unemployment and poverty.
More than 150 workers at Remploy factories across the region will lose their jobs.
A total of five factories will be affected - Spennymoor, Gateshead, Newcastle, and Ashington in the North East, and Cleator Moor in Cumbria.
The move has provoked anger from workers and some Labour MPs who've called it 'a cruel act'. But ministers insist that many disability groups now accept that it is no longer appropriate to have segregated workplaces.
An £8 million support programme has been put in place to support those affected.
The Government has confirmed the REMPLOY factory in Cleator Moor is to close.
Workers in west Cumbria who are set to lose their jobs following the announcement that disability employer Remploy is to close their factory have criticised the decision. The Cleator Moor site is one of five earmarked for closure. 15 people are employed there making protective clothing.
Local MP Jamie Reed said:
"I have been working with the employees to try and secure the future of the business in Cleator Moor.
"On four separate occasions I had a meeting arranged with the minister and on four separate occasions that meeting was cancelled."
He added: "I think this work force have been treated in a despicable way by the government.My aim now is to work with the local authorities and local businesses to try and get support for a employee buy out. That's what the work force want to spend their redundancy money on."