Monday, 24 September 2007

Jean Lambert MEP Supports Remploy Campaign

Jean Lambert MEP, who is a member of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee and the Disability Intergroup in the European Parliament, said: "The planned closure of the Remploy factory in Brixton will leave 46 highly skilled disabled workers without the opportunity to work in theirchosen field, delivering high quality goods and services"

She continued: "Evidence has shown that compared to able-bodied workers, working classdisabled people are far more likely to be employed at the lower end ofthe skill range under unfavourable terms and conditions. The Remploy trade unions have negotiated excellent sick pay and holiday benefits and afinal salary pension scheme, but workers now face losing their jobs andthese hard-won rights"

"I fully support the call for an end to the Remploy factory closures until a proper independent review has taken place, examining in full the opportunities to restructure and develop Remploy whilst retaining all the current manufacturing sites."

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