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All workers will lose their jobs when Cumbrian factory closes

Remploy will shut its factory in Cleator Moor this year with the loss of all 15 disabled staff starting this month.

The site at the Leconfield Industrial Estate at Cleator Moor, was threatened with closure last month as one of 27 that will be sold off or shut altogether.

Hopes had been resting on a buy out or a takeover but both union and management have now confirmed that it will definitely close.

Redundancies will start later this month and the shutters will come down before the end of the year.

Some factories around the country have been saved after staff and outside organisations submitted rescue plans.

GMB deputy shop steward Norman Finley told the News & Star: “We are closing this year. We don’t know when but it’ll be some time this year. We are all up in the air at the moment.”

Cleator Moor Remploy manager Alan Gauld said he wasn’t allowed to comment but a spokesman confirmed it would shut. Redundancies are expected in mid-August with a likely closing of the doors before the end of 2012.

Those factories sidestepping closure had submitted ‘business plans’ to stay open, or other commercial enterprises or voluntary organisations had come forward with initiatives to take them on.

These had then been considered for their “viability” by independent advisers. The spokesman was unable to say whether a rescue plan had been submitted for the Cleator Moor site but it looks unlikely as it was not among the nine announced as being saved.

The spokesman said: “The union rep is absolutely right and we don’t know where the impression might have been gained there was going to be a buyer.”

This week national union leaders from Unite and the GMB threatened further rounds of industrial action after they discovered that Remploy workers who transfer to any new private employer will not receive the same level of pension as they currently enjoy.

Mr Finley said the 15 staff would also not benefit from the Transfer of Undertaking Protection of Employment (TUPE).

This serves to protect employees’ terms and conditions when a business is transferred from one owner to another. Mr Finley is now awaiting advice from regional union organisers.

Have your say

@TB - What? We had a socialist government? Think I must have missed that one.

Posted by Evil McBad on 11 August 2012 at 12:13

"@ Linda - my sympathies. The poor, the young and the disabled paying the price for Tory ideology and rampant capitalist greed. "

Actually Mr Mcbad we are paying for the socialist harm and damage created over the last decade and a half, not the last twenty four months.

Posted by TB on 10 August 2012 at 22:45

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