Petition calls on PM to save firm

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REMPLOY staff and trade unionists presented a petition to 10 Downing Street signed by 100,000 people which calls on ministers not to implement recommendations of a report which could see all the firm’s factories shut.

The company, which provides supported employment for disabled people, has factories at locations including Sheffield and Chesterfield.

The Government has been recommended to end subsidies paid to the factories and spend the money on helping more disabled people into mainstream work.

But Remploy workers and the GMB trade union, which represents staff at the 54 threatened plants, say they need a subsidy only because the sites are currently under-used. They are urging Government departments and councils to provide the company with more work.