Remploy workers protest

Protesters in Sheffield Photo: Yunus Mulla

Hundreds of disabled workers who face losing their jobs this summer are taking part in a huge demonstration. Remploy employees are targeting the Department for Work and Pensions offices in Sheffield.

Unions have attacked the announced closure of 36 of the 54 Remploy sites this summer. They say it means more than 1,700 staff face compulsory redundancy, including 1,500 disabled employees.

The decision was made following a review into the future of Remploy, which concluded that money would be better spent helping disabled people find work in mainstream employment.

The UNITE and GMB unions, who have organised the protest, say the jobs just aren't there for them because of the current economic climate.

A similar demonstration is also being held in London and Cardiff.