Proposals to close 7 Remploy factories based in Wales, potentially affecting the jobs of almost 280 disabled people, have been described by Welsh Labour MEP, DEREK VAUGHAN, as “disgraceful and disappointing”.
The UK Government today announced the impending closure of 36 out of the 54 Remploy factories nationwide including 7 out of the 9 in Wales – Aberdare, Abertillery, Bridgend, Croespenmaen, Merthyr Tydfil, Swansea and Wrexham. Only Neath and Porth will remain open.
Mr Vaughan said:
"Remploy gives disabled people a great opportunity to participate in the workplace and to see it almost wiped out across Wales is both disgraceful and disappointing.
The Tory-Lib Dem government has completely failed to take into account the needs and views of those people who work in Remploy factories and I am still convinced that the Remploy model is something that should remain at the centre of future supported employment planning.
I have visited a number of Remploy plants in Wales and each factory plays an important role in their local community. Many workers would love to move into mainstream employment but in many areas this prospect is currently unrealistic. These closures will leave local people high and dry with no clear, well thought through plan to help them find alternative jobs after the plants have closed."