Remploy debate: EDDC to be named in Parliament

Council has failed to support threatened factories, MPs will claim.

East Devon District Council is to be named in Parliament as one of the 25 South West councils which have failed to support Remploy factories.

All 54 of the country’s Remploy manufacturing units are under the threat of closure, according to the GMB union.

It says MPs will name councils which have not given work to Remploy during a three hour debate next Thursday (December 15).

The debate will focus on Government plans to end public finding for Remploy factories in April 2013 and on the privatisation of employment services provided by Remploy.

The GMB says 4,000 workers will lose their jobs, if the proposals go ahead.

Phil Davies, the union’s national secretary, told the Midweek Herald: “MPs from the region will draw attention to the councils in the region that are failing to support Remploy.

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“The factories are rendered less economic, being only 50 per cent loaded because either public bodies have failed to support them with work as allowed under EU rules or their own managers are turning down work.”

Parliament will be told that it will cost the Treasury less to keep the factories operating fully loaded, rather than putting the workers out of work and on welfare. The majority of Remploy workers who lost their jobs in 2008 are still on welfare three years later.