Staff move closer to strike over Remploy factory cuts

Disabled workers at Remploy factories earmarked for closure were set to move further towards strike action as Community Care went to press.

Workers were set to seek permission to ballot for strike action from GMB officials on Monday night – the union represents around 90 per cent of the 2,270 disabled people affected.

A spokesperson said it was almost certain that permission would be granted and a vote on striking would follow shortly.

A spokesperson from Unite, which represents a minority of the disabled people affected, said workers were also set to seek permission to ballot for industrial action from its executive council this week.

Last month Remploy, the government funded company that provides employment to disabled people, announced proposals under which 32 of its factories would close and a further 11 would merge with nearby sites – in total more than half of its 83 factories.

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 Amy Taylor

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