MPs’ support for workers

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TWO Sheffield Labour MPs are to visit staff at the city’s Remploy factory who fear it could close if the Government accepts the recommendations of a report on how to get more disabled people into work.

Liz Sayce, chief executive of the disability charity, Radar, says ministers should stop subsidising Remploy and encourage mainstream firms to employ disabled people instead.

Unions fear all 54 Remploy factories, set up to provide jobs for the disabled, could close with 2,500 job losses.

Two sites are in Sheffield and Chesterfield.

Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield and Clive Betts, who represents Sheffield South East, are visiting the Remploy factory on Brightside Lane tomorrow to give their support to workers.

The GMB trade union, which represents many Remploy staff, collected hundreds of signatures in Sheffield for a petition calling on the Government to reject Ms Sayce’s proposals.

The union will also be petitioning in Chesterfield Market Place on Saturday.