THIRTY disabled workers face redundancy under plans to axe a factory in Huddersfield.
The Government is proposing to close the Remploy factory at Tandem Industrial Estate, Waterloo, because it is “not commercially viable”.
Employees at the site, which makes car interior trim for manufacturers including Vauxhall and Toyota, are now at risk of compulsory redundancy.
Remploy has begun 90-day consultation with staff and is inviting expressions of interest from would-be buyers.
The workers at Waterloo are among hundreds of disabled people who face losing their jobs under plans to axe 15 Remploy factories across the country.
Ministers announced earlier this year that a number of Remploy factories would close, arguing that the £320m budget for disabled employment services could be spent more effectively.
Thirty-four factories have ceased operations since then, but the future of a further 18 sites, including the Huddersfield factory, remained unclear until this latest announcement.
Remploy said it had considered the viability of the 18 sites and how they might move out of Government control.
It said the automotive business operating from factories in Coventry, Birmingham and Derby was viable, with a strong and established customer base.