Remploy employees have taken to their picket lines again today.
Remploy staff who face losing their jobs are heading to London to protest about factory closures.
A protest is taking place in Sheffield by Remploy workers.
Today's announcement of 875 compulsory redundancies comes after an announcement earlier this year that a number of Remploy factories would close:
- 34 factories have ceased operations since then and are in the process of closing
- The future of a further 18 sites remained unclear
- Some of the factories have the potential to move out of Government-funded support, but others are set to close
Sacked Remploy workers in Leeds held a demonstration on their last day at work today.
The factory is one of 35 Remploy sites due to close by the end of the year with more than 1,500 disabled people losing their jobs.
After a rally outside the gates, the workers and supporters held a mock funeral as they walked to the local cemetery. The GMB Union says only 3% of workers from Remploy factories have found other jobs.
Workers are protesting outside a Remploy factory in Leeds, which closes today. The site is one of 35 across the country being closed this year.
The future of staff at a North Derbyshire Remploy factory has been raised in Parliament.
The factory in Chesterfield employs more than fifty workers with disabilities. But the GMB union claims not all of them will be offered jobs after the site was sold.
Remploy factories have been under threat after the Government announced a wave of closures, claiming that they faced a shortfall of around £70 million last year. Ministers are aiming to get more disabled people into mainstream jobs.
Speaking in a debate In Westminster Hall, Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins said recent events had been "incredibly stressful" for staff.
Sacked Remploy workers are demonstrating at the Tory Party Conference over the closure of factories, which meant compulsory redundance for 1,752 people.
During August sites at Pontefract and Worksop closed. The factory in Leeds is due to close later in the year. A further 9 others, including Chesterfield, are due to be sold off. The future of the 18 other factories, employing 872 workers, is yet to be determined.
– Phil Davies, GMB National Officer
We intend to bring home to Conservative activists the harsh reality of decisions made by this government to close Remploy factories and the cynical way Ministers used disabled charities to throw disabled workers out of work.
A union representing staff at a North Derbyshire Remploy factory fears they could lose their jobs by the end of the month after being told the site has now been sold. The factory in Chesterfield employs more than fifty workers with disabilities.
Not all of them, says the union, will be offered work by the new owners. It's been under threat after the Government announced wave of closures - claiming that Remploy factories faced a shortfall of around seventy 70 million pounds last year.
A West Yorkshire MP has declared that Labour will carry on fighting against the closure of Remploy factories across our region.
They employ workers with disabilities, but the Government confirmed in July that six sites were to close.
It said the factories faced a shortfall of around £70 million last year and employees would be better served in mainstream employment.
But Yvette Cooper, who represents Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, described the closures as "shocking" and claimed the Government had "turned their back".
Workers at the Remploy factory in Chesterfield, who have been on strike this week, are protesting in the town.
It is part of a long running dispute to save their jobs and conditions of work. A demonstration is being held outside the Town Hall as they try to get the government and Remploy to reverse their policies.
– James Eaden, President of Chesterfield TUC
Workers at Chesterfield's Remploy factory face a bleak future with the threat of job losses at the plant which manufactures specialist equipment for the health service. The plans to close and privatise Remploy factories represents a huge attack on workers with disbalities, some of the most vulnerable workers in our community.