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A DEMONSTRATION is to be held in Sheffield today at plans to close factories employing disabled workers.

Hundreds of disabled workers from the Remploy factories will take part in the protests in London and Sheffield, outside offices of the Department for Work and Pensions.

Unions have attacked the announced closure of 36 of the 54 Remploy sites this summer, including those in Chesterfield and Worksop

Gail Cartmail, assistant general secretary of Unite, said: “Our members feel outrage that the Government could take jobs from disabled people in this current climate. How are they expected to find work when there are 2.6 million people in the queue in front of them?

“The Government say that disabled people should be in mainstream employment, but the jobs just aren’t there for them, and very often when disabled workers are in mainstream employment they suffer excessive levels of bullying and harassment.

“This decision to sack disabled workers demonstrates how intent this Government is on hitting the most vulnerable in society hardest.”

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesman said: “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.”