To: Prime minister
Remploy announced on 10th July that it was in discussion with a number of bidders for 9 of the 36 factories and the Cook with Care business which had been proposed for closure. It has decided to close the remaining 27 factories and operations at Boston Spa later this year. The closures will put at risk 1421 jobs in those factories and in central departments. The decision to close these factories is purely based on cost considerations and does not take into account the fate of the disabled people who work in these factories.
Why is this important?
The employees of Remploy are mainly disabled and their work there provides them with a high degree of independance, self esteem and the benefits of working with other people. closing these factories, especialy in the current economic climate is likely to throw them on the mercy of the benefits system.