Speaking ahead of the Scottish Parliament debate on the impact of the United Kingdom’s Government decision to axe the Remploy Factory in Springburn, Grahame Smith, Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) General Secretary, said
“The STUC is appalled at the decision taken by Esther McVey, UK Minister for Disabled People to axe the Remploy factory in Springburn and place the livelihoods of over 50 disabled people at risk.
“We are demanding that this decision is reversed and a moratorium placed on any further decisions to close Remploy workplaces in Scotland. A number of concerns were put to the Minister regarding the approach taken to Remploy closures when she attended a meeting of the Remploy Task Force at the Scottish Parliament on the 22nd October.
“Despite a commitment to respond to these concerns, nearly six weeks later the Task Force has not had the courtesy of a reply despite a further formal request from Unite to do so. The Minister has since taken a unilateral decision to close the plant. This is not acceptable and is a shameful way to treat the disabled workers affected, the majority of who will have little or no chance of ever working again.
“We will be writing to the Minister expressing our concern at her decision and ask that this closure be suspended, along with all other plants threatened with the axe, under phase two of the Government’s closure programme. This will allow unions, the Scottish Government and other stakeholders to investigate all options for a sustainable future for Remploy factories in Scotland."
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