Remploy workers’ third strike

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DISABLED Chesterfield factory workers are expected to walk out on strike today, Monday, September 3, over Government plans to shut down their workplace.

The Government has opted to cut back funding and close 36 specialised Remploy factories including the Chesterfield site on Sheffield Road, at Whittington Moor.

But defiant workers joined two nationwide strikes in July over being left jobless in a struggling market and Chesterfield Remploy workers are now planning to strike from today, September 3, until Friday, September 7, with fellow Remploy factory workers at Springburn.

A GMB union spokesman said: “This is a strike about fairness. All Remploy factories will close from Government control by 2013 due to a withdrawal of funding.”

The Government announced proposed closures as part of wider plans to reduce funding for the factories and re-focus efforts on getting disabled workers into mainstream employment.

The Chesterfield factory is one of nine Remploy sites which may still be sold off and taken over by new owners but staff are concerned that this will not guarantee their jobs.