Chesterfield Remploy factory faces closure

Concerned Remploy staff during a strike in January. ndet 94798
Concerned Remploy staff during a strike in January. ndet 94798

A CHESTERFIELD Remploy factory designed primarily to support disabled staff has been earmarked for closure with 35 others across the UK.

The Remploy Board has announced the proposed factory closures after The Government decided to reduce funding for the organisation and redirect support into helping disabled people into mainstream employment.

A Remploy spokesman said: “Remploy will now consult with its trade unions and the management forums on the proposed closure in 2012 of 36 of its factories which it believes are not commercially viable.”

Remploy also stated it will be consulting on the potential compulsory redundancy of 1,752 employees directly or indirectly involved with the business.

Workers at the Chesterfield footwear factory, on Sheffield Road, Whittington Moor, had gone on strike in January after apprentices who are not disabled had been taken on and shop floor workers had been given jobs with different terms and conditions.

These changes had been introduced after Remploy had forged a partnership with R Healthcare to supply shoes to the NHS.

A Remploy spokesman added: “During this period of change the Board of Remploy will ensure that Remploy delivers the best possible service to its customers and gives its businesses the best possible opportunity for a successful future.”