Remploy workers in Sheffield stage second strike

Protestors outside Remploy on Brightside Lane, Sheffield. From left, Brian Richards, Paul Berry, Michael Hall and Bob McNeill
Protestors outside Remploy on Brightside Lane, Sheffield. From left, Brian Richards, Paul Berry, Michael Hall and Bob McNeill
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WORKERS at Sheffield’s closure-threatened Remploy factory took part in a second day of strike action.

Employees from the Brightside Lane branch protested at the picket line to oppose government plans to shut the factory.

The closure would spell the loss of around 80 jobs, with around three quarters of the workforce made up of people with disabilities.

Partially-sighted Michael Hall, aged 42, of Handsworth, Sheffield, struggled to find work before landing a job at the firm 25 years ago.

He said: “When I first left school I tried many places but got nowhere. Remploy has been fantastic for me. I think it’s disgraceful what the government is doing. It used to be a great place to work but now everyone is demoralised because they are worried about the future.”

Another day of strike action is planned for August 6.