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Second strike for Remploy workers

Disabled workers will stage a second 24-hour strike today in protest at Government plans to close their factories. Credit: PA

Disabled workers will stage a second 24-hour strike today in protest at Government plans to close their factories.

Staff at Remploy sites across Britain will walk out for a second time after a "successful" stoppage last week.

Employees from factories in Poole and Southampton, which are threatened with closure, will join the industrial action.

The workers have received thousands of messages of support since launching a campaign against the closures, according to unions.

Remploy said almost 40% of its 54 factories worked normally during last week's strike.

A spokesman said: "Significant numbers of employees turned up to work as normal and the company thanks them for their commitment. We deplore attempts to intimidate employees who want to work."

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Southampton strike for disabled workers

Remploy workers will strike across the country today Credit: PA

Disabled workers will stage the first of two 24-hour strikes today in protest at "hard-hearted" plans to close their factories.

Thousands of staff at 54 Remploy factories, including one in Southampton, will walk out as part of a union campaign to keep them open.

Half the factories face closure by the end of the year, while others face an uncertain future or closure next year under Government plans.

Labour lashes out at Remploy closures

27 Remploy factories are due to close Credit: PA

The closure of 27 Remploy factories is an abdication of the Government's responsibility to disabled workers, Labour says.

Shadow work and pensions minister Anne McGuire said ministers should have delayed the announcement for longer, giving workers at the 54 factories considered for closure longer to come up with viable business plans.

They believe ministers should have delayed for longer, giving workers longer to come up with viable business plans.

The Remploy factory in Southampton is due to close, whilst Poole's factory is being seen as a potentially viable business plan, so it'll be subject to further consultation.

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