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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Fight will go on to save Cumbrian Remploy factory

Union bosses say they will continue to fight a wave of Remploy factory closures which are set to include one at Cleator Moor.

There are already 3,300 disabled people out of work in Cumbria – and the closure will only add to the problem, says the GMB union.

The Cleator Moor factory, which makes specialist protection suits for the police and military, was earmarked for closure along with 35 other sites in March.

Paul McCarthy, GMB Regional Secretary speaking at the GMB Congress in Brighton, said: “There are already 56,100 disabled workers out of work in the north west as well as 217,400 not disabled workers looking for work.

"Unless there is a government U-turn on closing the Remploy factories, what will happen is that the 2,800 disabled workers employed in them will be put on the scrap heap.”

He said the Remploy employees had widespread support which should be mobilised to put pressure on MPs.

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