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Dorset's Remploy Workers Set to Stike

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7:42am 6th July 2012

Remploy workers in Poole are to stage two 24 hour strikes.

The industrial action's over the Government's plans to close or sell off 54 factories that provide employment for disabled workers.

The strike action will take place on the 19th and 26th of July.

Unite's national officer for the not-for-profit sector, Sally Kosky said: "This vote for strike action demonstrates our members' disgust at the way they have been treated by the government's policies which are designed to throw them on the dole queue at a very difficult economic time.

"Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith - the uncaring face of the coalition - has provoked this strike at Remploy by refusing to listen to the economic arguments. His decision is based on right-wing dogma.

"Our members are desperate to work in an environment that takes account of their disability and where they can make a valued contribution to society and pay their way."

Phil Davies, GMB National Secretary, said: "The government's intention to destroy thousands of disabled workers jobs in Remploy has given rise to an overwhelming vote for strike action against the proposed closures of their 54 factories.

"These closures are going ahead without any consideration of the feelings and needs of these workers and their families or their future job prospects. To close a factory that employs disabled people in the present economic climate is a sentence to life of unemployment and poverty."

Unite and the GMB have been campaigning to keep the Remploy factories open as viable businesses and cite the recent upbeat assessment of Remploy's future prospects from Alan Hill, Managing Director, Remploy Enterprise Businesses who wrote that: "We have grown our sales by 12.2%, a fantastic achievement."

A total of 36 Remploy sites are due to close or be sold off in the near future, with the remaining 18 due to close or be sold-off next year.

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