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Remploy jobs under threat

Around 140 Remploy workers could face redundancy in a fresh wave of planned factory closures. The UK Government says the budget for disabled employment services could be spent more effectively.

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Welsh Remploy workers strike for second time

Welsh Remploy workers are striking for the second time against plans to close their factories Credit: ITV News Wales

Workers at Remploy factories across Wales are today striking for the second time today in protest of plans to close factories.

They also took industrial action last Thursday in response to a decision taken by the Westminster Government to close or sell off 54 Remploy factories in the UK.

Factories at Aberdare, Abertillery, Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea and Wrexham will close between August and mid-December with the loss of almost 200 jobs.

Remploy workers are on strike in Merthyr Credit: ITV News Wales

While the future of the factories in both Neath Port Talbot and Porth in the Rhondda is uncertain, the factories in Bridgend and Croespenmaen will remain open for the time being.

Previous strikes have also taken place as workers make their feelings known.

Merthyr Remploy workers are picketing for the second time against the closure of their factory. Credit: ITV News Wales

Following a review the UK Government decided to close many of the Remploy sites, claiming that they were not financially viable - but also insist that they are committed to supporting disabled workers.

The Welsh Government says it will pay firms taking on Remploy workers who lose their jobs when their factories shut. Education Minister Leighton Andrews said costs and wages would be covered for up to four years.

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