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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Cumbrian Remploy staff in London protest

Disabled factory workers who face redundancy have been demonstrating in London.

The Remploy employees travelled to the capital on Monday for a week of action, co-ordinated by the unions Unite and GMB, to coincide with the TUC conference on disability which starts today.

Cleator Moor’s Remploy factory, which makes specialist protection suits for the police and military, was earmarked for closure along with 35 other sites in March.

Ministers said it is no longer viable to employ disabled people in specialist, subsidised workplaces.

Yesterday there was a demonstration outside the offices of Disability Rights UK, formerly known as RADAR.

Phil Davies, GMB national secretary, said: “Remploy disabled workers facing redundancy protested that the Sayce Report, supported by RADAR, Mind, Mencap, Scope, RNID and Leonard Cheshire, is being used as a ‘Trojan horse’ to close the Remploy factories.”

Kevin Hepworth, Unite national secretary, said: “It is absolutely appalling that a disabled charity like RADAR can condone the sacking of disabled workers.”

 

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