The government has confirmed that four Remploy factories in the North East will close by the end of the year.
The announcement, made in the House of Commons, has been met with anger from worker's Unions who announced last week that they will be holding strike action against the decision.
– Phil Davies, GMB National Secretary
GMB is very angry with the government’s confirmation today that it will close 27 Remploy factories in the first wave by December with the rest to follow shortly afterwards. To close these factories that employs disabled people in the present economic climate is a sentence to life of unemployment and poverty.
It was announced in March that the factories in Ashington, Newcastle, Gateshead and Spennymoor will be affected by closures scheduled to begin in August.
A total of 2800 disabled workers jobs are set to go across the UK - over 150 of those will be in the North East.
– Kevin Hepworth, Unite National Officer
Remploy workers will be taking strike action to defend their jobs as the axe is wielded by the government. By taking strike action they are trying to avoid their certain destiny of being chucked on the economic scrapheap. They deserve the support of all trade unionists and the public in Britain.