Fifty jobs face axe at East Lancashire's Remploy factories

FIFTY jobs at East Lancashire’s two remaining Remploy factories are under threat after a major review of the factories was announced.

The announcement — just three weeks before Christmas — has been described as ‘despicable’.

Remploy’s disabled staff at factories in Bank Top, Blackburn, and on the Smallshaw industrial estate in Burnley have been told they are at risk of redundancy in a fresh wave of shutdowns announced by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

The Blackburn site, which makes furniture, is being placed on the market but bosses accept there may be no reasonable prospect of a takeover.

And if it is sold, there may be ‘significant restructuring and downsizing of its operations’.

But workers at the Burnley packaging factory have been told it is one of a number of sites which are ‘not commercially viable or have any realistic prospect of being sold as going concerns’ and a 90-day redundancy consultation is underway.

Phil Davies, national secretary of the GMB union, said: “This is devastating news but not untypical from this uncaring government who cannot be relied on to protect the vulnerable. To make this announcement three weeks before Christmas is despicable.”

The DWP announcement is the latest phase of reforms brought in as a result of the Sayce Report, which Whitehall mandarins say supports disabled workers being re-integrated with a mainstream workforce.

Union leaders claim only 40 out of 1,200 disabled workers nationally, sacked since August have since found jobs.

Mr Davies added: “There is an alternative. These workers could be put back to work making uniforms for our troops, police and nurses and furniture for our schools, like they did before the work was outsourced to China.”

A DWP spokesman said a wage subsidy of £6,400 was being offered to would-be buyers of the Remploy factories and the £320million disability employment services budget was being protected.

“But we are following the advice of disability expert Liz Sayce, to use the money more effectively to get more disabled people into mainstream jobs —the same as everyone else,” he added.

“All disabled employees affected by the changes will be guaranteed tailored support from an £8million package, including a personal case worker, to help with the transition into mainstream employment.”

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12:12pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Info-warrior says...

Society in reverse....
Society in reverse.... Info-warrior

12:32pm Fri 7 Dec 12

shytalk says...

It's all part of the recovery the government keeps telling us about..Recovery? I think the people of Remploy and everyone else who has lost their job and is now in financial difficulty now understands that recovery means a different thing to the government than how it is defined in the Englsih dictionary.
It's all part of the recovery the government keeps telling us about..Recovery? I think the people of Remploy and everyone else who has lost their job and is now in financial difficulty now understands that recovery means a different thing to the government than how it is defined in the Englsih dictionary. shytalk

1:33pm Fri 7 Dec 12

woolywords says...

Remploy is one of the few things in our country that should be kept going, even at a loss.
One cannot over-emphasise the sterling work that they have done over the years to get people out of the house and in a job. Am certain that there cannot be found anywhere, one person to say that they are taking away the jobs of any other worker.
We should, as a community, feel a deep sense of moral outrage that this was done in our names. It certainly isn't on my behalf. Shame upon those that did this to them.
It's the equivalent to any cruelty that you can think of, to do this to the most vunerable amongst us.
Remploy is one of the few things in our country that should be kept going, even at a loss. One cannot over-emphasise the sterling work that they have done over the years to get people out of the house and in a job. Am certain that there cannot be found anywhere, one person to say that they are taking away the jobs of any other worker. We should, as a community, feel a deep sense of moral outrage that this was done in our names. It certainly isn't on my behalf. Shame upon those that did this to them. It's the equivalent to any cruelty that you can think of, to do this to the most vunerable amongst us. woolywords

2:39pm Fri 7 Dec 12

pwitch says...

Remply should not have to be closed just like that - by all means have a look at the management of these sites but do no shut them out of hand. The mandarins in the civil service are not in the real world and have no idea about businesses at all - I used to be a civil servant and I have seen what happens, so time to start a petition - with help from a newspaper?
Remply should not have to be closed just like that - by all means have a look at the management of these sites but do no shut them out of hand. The mandarins in the civil service are not in the real world and have no idea about businesses at all - I used to be a civil servant and I have seen what happens, so time to start a petition - with help from a newspaper? pwitch

6:15pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Noiticer says...

Yet another milestone in the long march of social decline in the UK - a result of embracing neoliberal capitalism by successive governments which has resulted in a race to the bottom at the expense of the average citizen but to the enrichment of the few.
Yet another milestone in the long march of social decline in the UK - a result of embracing neoliberal capitalism by successive governments which has resulted in a race to the bottom at the expense of the average citizen but to the enrichment of the few. Noiticer

6:20pm Fri 14 Dec 12

pwitch says...

woolywords wrote:
Remploy is one of the few things in our country that should be kept going, even at a loss.
One cannot over-emphasise the sterling work that they have done over the years to get people out of the house and in a job. Am certain that there cannot be found anywhere, one person to say that they are taking away the jobs of any other worker.
We should, as a community, feel a deep sense of moral outrage that this was done in our names. It certainly isn't on my behalf. Shame upon those that did this to them.
It's the equivalent to any cruelty that you can think of, to do this to the most vunerable amongst us.
I totally agree with this person. I am very surprised that there is not some eu funding to keep these places going.
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: Remploy is one of the few things in our country that should be kept going, even at a loss. One cannot over-emphasise the sterling work that they have done over the years to get people out of the house and in a job. Am certain that there cannot be found anywhere, one person to say that they are taking away the jobs of any other worker. We should, as a community, feel a deep sense of moral outrage that this was done in our names. It certainly isn't on my behalf. Shame upon those that did this to them. It's the equivalent to any cruelty that you can think of, to do this to the most vunerable amongst us.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with this person. I am very surprised that there is not some eu funding to keep these places going. pwitch

6:21pm Fri 14 Dec 12

pwitch says...

woolywords wrote:
Remploy is one of the few things in our country that should be kept going, even at a loss.
One cannot over-emphasise the sterling work that they have done over the years to get people out of the house and in a job. Am certain that there cannot be found anywhere, one person to say that they are taking away the jobs of any other worker.
We should, as a community, feel a deep sense of moral outrage that this was done in our names. It certainly isn't on my behalf. Shame upon those that did this to them.
It's the equivalent to any cruelty that you can think of, to do this to the most vunerable amongst us.
I totally agree with this person. I am very surprised that there is not some eu funding to keep these places going.
[quote][p][bold]woolywords[/bold] wrote: Remploy is one of the few things in our country that should be kept going, even at a loss. One cannot over-emphasise the sterling work that they have done over the years to get people out of the house and in a job. Am certain that there cannot be found anywhere, one person to say that they are taking away the jobs of any other worker. We should, as a community, feel a deep sense of moral outrage that this was done in our names. It certainly isn't on my behalf. Shame upon those that did this to them. It's the equivalent to any cruelty that you can think of, to do this to the most vunerable amongst us.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with this person. I am very surprised that there is not some eu funding to keep these places going. pwitch

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