Disabled staff to strike over Remploy axe

Remploy workers are to stage two 24-hour strikes over the decision to close or sell off the company’s 54 factories employing disabled people.

Unite and the GMB, representing staff at the sites which include Sheffield and Chesterfield, announced that workers will stage the strikes on Thursday, July 19, and Thursday, July 26. A continuous overtime ban starts on Thursday, July 12.

Remploy workers and members of the Unite and GMB unions voted by large margins to take industrial action.

Phil Davies, GMB National Secretary, said: “The Government’s intention to destroy thousands of disabled workers’ jobs has given rise to an overwhelming vote for strike action against the proposed closures of their 54 factories.”

The Government is proposing to use the money given to Remploy to subsidise disabled employment in the private sector instead.

Ministers believes the cash could be used to help more people than those currently employed at Remploy.