Jim McGovern : Remploy Fails in £6million MoD Contract Bid
30 May 2013
Dundee’s Remploy factory has today discovered that it has lost out on a bid for a £6million MoD contract, which had previously been hoped would save the Dundee factory from closure.
Following the news Remploy’s staff, some of whom had previously been denied early release several times, were informed that they could now leave early with their full severance package intact.
Commenting on this news Jim McGovern MP for Dundee West said:
“It is a great shame that the MoD has chosen not to award this vital contract to Remploy.
“The factory’s long history of producing clothing for the UK military demonstrated they had the ability to fulfil this contract to a high standard.
“It is clear that the uncertainty surrounding the factory, which was not helped by the dithering of the Dundee City Council and both the Scottish and UK governments, is in large part to blame.
“As a result of this 6,000 British soldiers are now going to be wearing protective clothing made in North Africa while the machinery and workforce in Dundee that could do this job goes unused.”
Mr McGovern continued:
“I understand it to be a day of mixed feelings at the Dundee factory.
“I am happy for those who have found alternative employment and who will now receive the severance pay that was unjustly denied to them.
“However, my heart goes out to those who are now facing an uncertain future. Remploy and the Scottish and UK Governments must now redouble their efforts to either secure employment for these people in the factory or support them into alternative work.”
Mr McGovern concluded:
“Dundee has the lowest levels of disability employment in Scotland and the loss of this key MoD contract does nothing to improve this scathing statistic.
“ I raised the issue of MoD procurement with the Conservative Minister Peter Luff last year but he was unwilling to give any assurances or support to Remploy.
“Equally my colleagues in Holyrood have asked that the Scottish Government award contracts to Remploy in order to retain the Scottish arm of the operation but again the workforce have been let down.
“I will continue to do everything that I can to help the workers of Remploy remain in employment.”