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Remploy closures 'disgraceful' says union

Three of the last remaining Remploy factories are to close, including one in Blackburn, threatening 160 disabled workers with redundancy, the company has announced.

Remploy said no viable bids had been made for its furniture business, so sites in Blackburn, Neath and Sheffield will close.

"These job losses are the latest in a long line of disgraceful, ideologically driven decisions by this Government.

"There is an alternative. These workers could be put back to work making uniforms for our troops, police and nurses and furniture for our schools like they did before the work was outsourced to China.

"Sheltered workshops are allowed under EU procurement rules and can successfully keep disabled workers gainfully employed if supported by public contracts."

– Jerry Nelson, national officer of the GMB union

Blackburn Remploy closure 'devastating'

The TUC have issued a statement following Remploy's announcement about the imminent closure of the factories in Blackburn, Neath and Sheffield.

"It means that another 160 disabled workers will lose their jobs, with potentially devastating consequences for themselves and their families.

There are already far more jobseekers than vacancies in these areas so their chances of finding new jobs are slim, particularly as many employers remain reluctant to hire severely disabled people.

"The Government's withdrawal of support for Remploy factories continues to put hundreds of disabled people out of work and gives the lie to ministers' claims about supporting disabled people."

– TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady

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Blackburn Remploy to close

Remploy Credit: PA

Three of the last remaining Remploy factories are to close, including one in Blackburn, threatening 160 disabled workers with redundancy, the company has announced.

Remploy said no viable bids had been made for its furniture business, so sites in Blackburn, Neath and Sheffield will close.

All 196 employees, including the 160 disabled workers, are at risk of compulsory redundancy, although they will be invited to consultation meetings over the next 30 days.

The company added that a potentially viable bid had been made for its automotive factories in Birmingham, Coventry and Derby.

Detailed negotiations will now be held to complete a transaction as soon as possible.

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