Remploy workers from our region are joining a march in London to lobby parliament against the closure of Remploy factories. Demonstrations are taking place across the country.
"We have received a huge number of telephone calls from disabled people who are concerned that their family members and members of their community will be denied this type of support in the future. We call on the government to honour the commitment given less than a year ago that no disabled worker would be made compulsory redundant in Remploy."
Remploy employs disabled people. 36 of the 54 Remploy sites are set to close this summer with compulsory redundancies for 1,752 people, of these 1,518 are disabled. The remaining 18 sites will close soon after.
Sites at Ashington, Cleator Moor, Gateshead, Newcastle and Spennymoor are under threat.
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