Preferred bidder for city Remploy factory

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A South Yorkshire-based school furniture manufacturer has been chosen as preferred bidder to take on Sheffield’s Remploy factory.

Metalliform, based in Hoyland, Barnsley, is set to take on the Brightside Lane site and two other Remploy furniture factories at Blackburn and Neath Port Talbot.

A meeting will take place between Metalliform and the GMB trade union, which represents staff at the Sheffield factory, to discuss the transfer.

Jerry Nelson, GMB National Officer for Remploy, said: “GMB will be meeting with Metalliform next week in the first stage of consultations on the possible transfer of Remploy’s furniture factories in Blackburn, Sheffield and Neath Port Talbot.

“We look forward to meeting the company and starting constructive discussions.

“Our major concern is to protect as many jobs as possible and maintain the current terms and conditions of our members. We will insist on our disabled members being treated with fairness, dignity and respect.”

Remploy factories are being closed or sold because the Government has decided its subsidy could be better-spent helping disabled people in mainstream jobs.