22 August 2012
Workers at two Remploy factories – in Chesterfield and Springburn, Glasgow – will strike for five days from 3 September as they try to secure their future.
Members of the GMB and Unite unions staged two successful days of strike action against the threat of closure at Remploy sites across the country last month.
The strikes were solid and picket lines were well supported by other trade unionists.
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But a third strike day due on 6 August was called off, in favour of lobbying.
And last week, the factory closures began, throwing devastated workers on the dole. The government intends to shut down or sell off all 54 Remploy factories.
But at Chesterfield and Springburn, workers face a sell-off and are striking to protect their terms and conditions. At present there are no guarantees that new owners will respect the workers’ pension and redundancy payment rights. Workers could lose huge sums if they are laid off after a takeover.