Jim McGovern calls on Government for Remploy answers 

7 March 2012

Jim McGovern, MP for Dundee West, has today written to the Department for Work and Pensions to ask for answers about the next steps for the Dundee Remploy factory.

The Dundee factory has been spared closure in the wake of a written government announcement, on Wednesday 7th March, that 36 out of 54 Remploy factories across the UK were to close, with 1,752 redundancies as a result.

Questions remain however about the support and future for staff as the Dundee factory moves towards becoming a commercial company, and which may face sale on the open market as part of government plans to end the historic link between the British government and the company.

Jim McGovern said,

“I am very much relieved that the Dundee Remploy factory as been saved from closure.

“It is a testimony to the hard work and commitment of the staff and management that they are being given a chance to go on to a bright future.”

“However there are a number of questions that the government must now answer. What support will staff be given as the company is moved toward the open market, will the ethos and excellent work in supporting disabled workers continue under a purely commercial model, and what safeguards will the government put into place to ensure that Remploy’s excellent work of the last 60 years is not further undermined.”

Mr McGovern concluded,

“I am confident that the staff and management at the Dundee factory will do all they can to ensure a bright future of their company, but we must condemn the government’s callous act in putting 1,752 people onto the dole, including 1,518 disabled people.

“At a time of rising unemployment and economic crisis this decision is both cruel and counterproductive.”

 

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