Remploy factory strike is suspended

A THIRD strike at Remploy factories in Sheffield and Chesterfield has been suspended.

Staff have been leading 24-hour strikes in a dispute over the Government’s decision to stop subsidising the company and spend the money creating placements for disabled people with mainstream employers.

But the third strike, planned for Monday August 6, has been suspended.

James Stribley, convenor for Remploy Sheffield, said: “Everybody who is facing redundancy across the country has put a grievance in so the unions need to concentrate on that.

“The strike has only been suspended so it might happen in the future. This is a national dispute so the whole lot have been called off.”

Around 70 workers at the Chesterfield and Worksop factories which are earmarked for closure, face redundancy. Sheffield’s factory has been spared.

Workers handed out leaflets and petitions at Sheffield railway station yesterday.

At previous strikes staff in Chesterfield and Sheffield padlocked gates shut to prevent some workers breaking the walkout.

We have been asked to point out that union officials did not warn employees who climbed over the fence to get to work that their pictures would be put on the internet, as was previously reported.