Remploy workers have announced a 5 day strike at the Chesterfield and Springburn factories from 3rd September. Members of the GMB and Unite unions are protesting about the terms of transfer for new buyers of the factory.
The Department for Work and Pensions has removed the obligation for a new employer to provide a pension for the workers.
Twenty-four Remploy sites have closed this month leaving their workers on the dole. Three more, including the Leeds site, are due to close later in the year. The future of the 18 other factories is yet to be determined. A further 9 others, including Chesterfield, are due to be sold off.
Members at Remploy Chesterfield and Springburn are concerned that no information about three potential buyers has been given to them. The DWP has removed the obligation for a new employer to provide a pension. We understand that all three potential buyers may want to make redundancies based on the individual disability.
Two weeks ago 24 factory sites were closed and senior management stayed away from all these sites. Not a single person was personally thanked for their work and some of these people had worked at Remploy for over 30 years. Factory Managers who had worked hard to develop their abilities left in tears.
– Phil Davies, GMB National Secretary
The Olympics brought a bright light to the UK and the Paralympics are underway where all disabled people can celebrate but on Thursday 16th August a dark cloud descended on 25 Remploy factory sites and in all the other sites a cold veil of tears fell across Remploy factory sites. The commitment and hard work of the Remploy Employees will never be forgotten."