Remploy workers to stage strike

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WORKERS at Portsmouth’s Remploy branch are striking today over government plans to close factories.

Employees at the factory in Rodney Road are staging the first of two strikes after workers, members of the Unite and GMB unions voted by large margins to take industrial action.

Remploy offer employment opportunities to disabled people.

The next strike is scheduled for Thursday, July 26.

The government confirmed earlier this month it aims to close Remploy factories, claiming the £320m budget for disabled employment services could be spent more effectively.

Sally Kosky, Unite’s national officer for the not-for-profit sector, said: ‘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.’