Workers’ threat of strike action

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A MEETING has taken place between union officials and managers to discuss the future of Remploy’s Chesterfield factory.

The discussions took place following a series of strikes called by the GMB and Unite unions representing staff at the Sheffield Road plant who were unhappy about plans to sell the site.

James Stribley, of GMB, said: “Union officials have met with Remploy management and during these discussions, the company stated the future of the Remploy Chesterfield factory either through buyout with a staff transfer or a factory closure will be decided on Tuesday, September 25, at a Remploy board meeting.

“To enable discussions and have the opportunity to respond or negotiate on the Chesterfield factory’s future, members have agreed to a further suspension of industrial action that was due to start on Monday.”

He added: “If there is no progress or statement by Remploy before a GMB members’ meeting on Wednesday industrial action will continue and GMB members at Remploy Chesterfield will be on strike from 6am on Thursday, September 27 until 6am on Thursday, October 4.”