Fury over disabled job cuts in North Glasgow

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A RENOWNED factory which employs more than 40 people – many with disabilities – is being axed due to funding cuts from the Westminster Government.

Remploy’s plant – which manufactures steel wheelchairs and employs 46 people, including 43 with disabilities – is one of those earmarked for the axe throughout the UK.

The Government has announced that funding will be used to maximise the support for disabled people rather than subsidise organisations like Remploy.

Funding will instead be used to support more disabled people into mainstream employment.

In a statement, Remploy said: “Remploy will now consult with trade unions and management forums on the proposed closure in 2012 of 36 of its 54 factories which it believes are not commercially viable, and on the potential compulsory redundancy of 1,752 employees directly or indirectly involved with these businesses.

“During this consultation Remploy will consider all measures to avoid redundancies.”

William Bain, MP for Glasgow North East, said: “This is devastating news. In my constituency there are almost 20 people chasing every vacancy. It is incredibly tough out there.

“There is a big enough shortage of jobs without placing strain and pressure on some of the most vulnerable members of the workforce. The way it has been sneaked out is unacceptable.”

Bob Doris, MSP for Glasgow, said: “I am bitterly disappointed at the way in which the UK Government has chosen to announce the closure of four Remploy factories in Scotland including the one in Springburn. I will be seeking reassurances as to the way ahead for staff affected to make sure they are supported properly.”

In a statement, Maria Miller MP, minister for disabled people, said: “I recognise this announcement will be difficult news for staff in Remploy factories and understand they will have concerns about the future.

“As part of collective consultation, the Remploy board will consider all proposals to avoid compulsory redundancy.

“We are absolutely committed to supporting Remploy employees with an £8million comprehensive personalised package of support for all affected by these proposals.”

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