Scottish Government must intervene now after new Remploy closure

6 Dec

Unite Scotland has slammed this morning’s announcement that the Clydebank Remploy factory is to close at a cost of 36 local jobs for disabled workers and is calling on immediate intervention from the Scottish Government.

Remploy management at the West Dunbartonshire site, which manufactures textile components for the car industry, said the plant was ‘no longer viable’ and a 90 day consultation on redundancies will start ‘soon’.

Following last week’s confirmation that Remploy’s Springburn plant will close at a loss of 50 jobs, it’s another callous act forced by the UK government’s shameful ‘Access to Work’ scheme.

Unite Regional Industrial Officer Lyn Turner said, “The UK government is landing blow after blow on the most vulnerable workers in our society and its clear they won’t rest until Remploy is obliterated, so the Scottish Government must intervene now.

Unite has called on the Scottish Government to follow the Welsh Government’s example and set aside a rescue package for our Remploy jobs –  it can be done swiftly if the political will is there.

Last week, we seen a passionate debate in the Scottish Parliament over Remploy and the Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing spoke about the ‘moral obligation’ of supporting these workers. 

Words come too easy, we now desperately need action.”

ENDS

Notes: For further information please contact Unite Regional Industrial Officer for Remploy Lyn Turner on 07980871394 or Peter Welsh, Unite Scotland Communications on 07810157931.


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