A former Remploy worker has built himself a positive future, setting up his own business.
A private bid to save the Wrexham factory has been rejected by Remploy bosses.
Disabled workers at Remploy sites in Wales take industrial action following a UK Government decision to close or sell-off factories.
– Andy Richards, Unite Wales Secretary
Once again we see the Welsh Government coming out on the side of the Welsh workers who are being hit hardest by the callous coalition government in London. The Welsh Government commitment to helping Remploy workers and the package of support announced today by Leighton Andrews AM is to be welcomed. We will keep working with the Welsh Government and fighting for Remploy workers.
The Welsh Government has unveiled a £2.4m a year scheme to help Remploy workers find alternative employment. Education and Skills Minister Leighton Andrews told AMs that the UK Government's decision to close 5 Remploy factories in Wales was the wrong one.
He says an Employer's Support Grant will be made available for the next four years to help firms who take on Remploy workers with wages and other costs. 183 people work at the factories which are due to close in Aberdare, Abertillery, Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea and Wrexham.
The Welsh Government is due to announce today what it might be able to do to help Remploy workers who are losing their jobs.
It's after the UK Government announced that five of the nine factories in Wales will close.
The factories at Aberdare, Abertillery, Methyr Tydfill, Swansea and Wrexham, which employ disabled people and those with 'complex barriers' to work, will close between August and mid-December.
Sites at Bridgend and Croespenmaen are open for bids, while those at Neath and Porth will remain open.
Jacqueline Davies says she's worked at Remploy in Bridgend for 18 years, and is now fearful her life there "has been taken away."
– Maria Miller MP, Minister for Disabled People
It cannot be right that the Government continues to subsidise segregated employment which can lead to the isolation of disabled people. This is difficult news. We are doing everything we can to make sure that Remploy workers affected will receive a comprehensive package of support and guidance to make the transition from Government-funded employment into mainstream jobs. _Our approach has been led by disabled people and disabled people's organisations. Many of them have welcomed the move to end the pre-war practice of segregation and I believe it should be welcomed by all sides of the House.
– Department for Work and Pensions spokesman
We have been absolutely clear that the £320 million budget for specialist disability employment services has been protected. But by spending the money more effectively, we can support thousands more disabled people in work.
– Welsh Government spokesman
This statement is a hammer blow for Remploy workers and factories in Wales. When the UK Government made their closure announcement we asked them to devolve the Remploy budget and factories to the Welsh Government so that we could create our own sustainable future for this organisation. The Department for Work and Pensions has refused to consider this. We will continue to work with Remploy, the unions and other interested parties to see whether we can find a viable option for the workers. We will strive to find the best solution we can and to save as many jobs as possible.