Wrexham Remploy staff carry on fight to save jobs

Published date: 27 July 2012 |
Published by: Andrew Boyd
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Remploy staff went on strike yesterday in a determined bid to save their jobs 

DISABLED workers in Wrexham have issued a heartfelt plea to save their jobs.

Striking Remploy workers outside the Wrexham factory on Railway Road fear they could be just weeks away from the site closing.

Disability Employment Limited (DEL), which is looking to take over the Wrexham plant, has been invited to submit a revised business plan for the site which community leaders believe could help save more than 40 jobs occupied by disabled workers.

Unite Wales secretary Andy Richards travelled up from South Wales to provide support yesterday during a day of strike action yesterday.

Factory supervisor Andy Pardoe also joined strike.

He said: “Our message is to let DEL come here and save our jobs.

“We are desperately hoping this business plan will be accepted and we can keep working here.

“I have worked here for 26 years since shortly after I left school. We all enjoy working here and each other’s company and want that to continue.

“There is a lot of concern at the moment.”

Taking to the picket line for the second week running was Steven Bobby, 34, after a previous one-day strike was held last Thursday.

He said: “We are working very hard to get our message across.

“We are fighting for our jobs and desperately hope the takeover can happen for us.”

Steward and worker Ray Lonsdale said: “We urge the people making these decisions to do the right thing and help save our jobs. We hope the new business plan will go through. It is vital something is done.”

Mr Richards had travelled up from South Wales to support the workers, having attended demonstrations at other Remploy plants.

He said: “We know there’s interest in this plant and hopefully that will bear fruit.
“This is offering them a lifeline.

“I am very worried about the situation for Remploy workers and we are doing everything we can to support them.”

Politicians offering their support included Clwyd South MP Susan Elan Jones and AM Ken Skates, who pledged to keep assisting the workers at this difficult time.

Workers fear the plant could close as early as August 16, although Remploy has said this is simply the earliest date redundancies may be implemented.

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