Staff at the Remploy factory in Bristol, which employs disabled people, have been on strike for the second time today.
The government-owned site in St Philips is due to be handed over to a private contractor later this year, but Brian Williams from the GMB Union says they can't see the new contractor agreeing to the workers' existing terms and conditions:
Staff at Bristol's Remploy factory are expected to go on strike today. The site employs people with disabilities, most of whom are taking part in the GMB Union action, after the government announced it would be closing 27 of the 36 Remploy factories.
GMB & Unite responded to the government announcement today in the House of Commons confirming that 27 or the 36 Remploy factories scheduled to close in the first wave of closure would close from August 2012 and the will be completed by December 2012
A factory in Bristol which employs about 40 disabled people could be saved from closure - if the owner can seal a deal with a prospective buyer.
Remploy announced in March that its operation in St Phillips was at risk along with 35 other factories across the country. It's because the Government is withdrawing funding. But the firm said today that Bristol was one of nine sites that bidders are interested in.
Kerry McCarthy, the MP for Bristol East, has said Government's decision to close Bristol's Remploy Factory in St Philips is 'cold, calculating and cowardly'. It will make around 29 disabled people redundant. 36 of Remploy's 54 factories are expected to close this year.