Unions protest to save Remploy factories

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A DEMONSTRATION is being held in Sheffield at the weekend as part of the campaign to save Remploy factories.

The GMB trade union is holding a rally outside the Town Hall from 10.30am until 2pm on Saturday as part of action across the country.

Its members are urging the Government not to implement changes proposed in an independent report, which would see Remploy’s Government subsidy switched to a scheme promoting jobs for disabled people in mainstream workplaces.

Remploy is a manufacturing company set up to employ disabled workers and has 54 factories around the country, at Brightside, in Sheffield, and Chesterfield.

Phil Davies, GMB National Secretary, said: “This protest is about disabled workers to save their jobs.

“Remploy workers want the public to know that closing 54 Remploy factories is the aim of conflicted axe- grinders who want the funding for themselves.”

He called for more efforts to from public bodies to provide the sites with work.

Mr Davies said: “These factories have a successful track record going back to 1946 till the public authorities stopped loading them with work in 1990s due to an EU directive.

“The EU rules have been changed and the factories can be successful again when they are fully loaded. Making uniforms for the armed forces, emergency services and medical staff and supplying schools would more than keep them busy.”