Remploy protest for city

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PROTESTERS will take to the streets of Sheffield next month to voice their opposition to government plans to close 36 Remploy factories around the country with the loss of 1,752 jobs nationwide.

The Government has decided the factories at Chesterfield, which employs 54 disabled and 10 able-bodied staff, and Worksop, where five disabled and two able-bodied people work, are to be axed.

Sheffield’s Brightside Lane factory, which makes furniture and has 92 disabled and six able-bodied workers, is one of just 18 sites spared.

The move has been condemned by the GMB and Unite trade unions, which represent the affected staff.

Marchers will assemble outside the Department of Work and Pensions building in West Street on Friday, April 20, at 12.30pm, to march to the Town Hall to hold a rally.

Phil Davies, GMB national secretary for Remploy workers, said: “This decision to sack 1,752 people across the country is one of the worst decisions this discredited coalition government has taken since coming to office.”