Staff to vote on strike action

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STAFF at Remploy in Sunderland are set to vote on industrial action over Government cuts.

 Employees at the organisation, which helps disabled people into work, say the service is being deliberately run down.

 GMB members were today given authority by the GMB Central Executive Council (CEC) to conduct a national official industrial action ballot over redundancies in the 54 workshops across the country.

 GMB members in Remploy have already voted in a consultative ballot by a majority of 5 to 1 to take strike action.

 The official ballot will take place at the Pallion base.

 Remploy last month told the GMB that proposals for voluntary redundancy were being rolled out across the company.

 Part of that plan is to reverse the rise in the number of managers which had increased despite the reduction in the number of factories and shop floor workers.

 In total, the Remploy unions have put forward a plan to cut £30million from costs.

 Paul Kenny, GMB General Secretary said, “The GMB CEC has given authority for an official national industrial action ballot to take place in the 54 Remploy factories over the redundancies and the run down of employment in these sheltered workshops.”