Jobs under threat at Sunderland Remploy plant

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MORE than 30 jobs are facing the axe at a Sunderland factory that provides work for the disabled.

Staff at Remploy’s Pallion plant were told in December their site was under threat.

Work and Pensions Minister Esther McVey confirmed today Sunderland was among a number of sites which are to shut.

The Government has decided to close down three businesses across nine sites.

Ms McVey said 234 disabled people were now at risk of redundancy and would take part in individual consultation with Remploy. The Sunderland site employs 35 people.

GMB representative Val Scott has been working with the Remploy staff.

“I don’t know whether those people are now supposed to spend the rest of their lives on benefits, without the support network that Remploy has provided for them,” she said.