Workers at Remploy have staged the first of two walkouts over the Government's plans to sell or close the fifty- four factories that provide employment and jobs for disabled people, including four sites in the north east.
Workers in the region joined others across the country for a day of mass protests.
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The events were part of the work of the Commission for Health and Social Care Integration in the North East.
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The Sunday celebration includes a street market featuring more than 80 independent food producers from the North East & North Yorkshire.