Remploy staff ready to fight closure move

Remploy staff fight to save jobs.
Remploy staff fight to save jobs.
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REMPLOY staff in Leven are upping the fight to save their jobs.

The Banbeath factory, which employs 29 members of staff, is one 54 Remploy factories across the UK recommended for closure under a recently commissioned government report.

A final decision is expected next month following a period of consultation and, in the meantime, Leven’s Remploy workers have produced a banner (pictured) with which to take to the streets.

Campaign spokesperson Colin Cuthbert said: “Closure would be devastating for us. We hope we can make enough noise to force the Government to think twice.”

Alongwith Cowdenbeath, Leven’s Remploy factory manufactures 1000 lifejackets every week and last year achieved sales topping £1.2 million.

However, not all Remploy factories – which were set up after WW2 to employ injured troops and have since provided employment for disabled people – are profitable. The Government subsidises the UK network by over £110 million each year.

A spokesperson, from the Department for Works and Pensions, added: “No decisions have been made about Remploy. We said we would consult on the recommendations put forward by Liz Sayce and that is what we are doing.

“The Sayce review is about spending money differently, not cutting it. The amount of money going into employment services for disabled is being protected. But by spending it differently there is the potential to support an extra 35,000 disabled people into work”.