REMPLOY workers in Huddersfield were today expected to take part in a second 24-hour strike.
They are due to protest at the group’s Waterloo factory.
It is part of a continuing fight to save the UK’s 54 Remploy factories from being closed or sold off by the coalition.
Unite, the largest union in the country, is expecting the vast majority of the factories to be out on strike tomorrow.
Unite criticised the silence of the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith in failing to offer any help to the soon-to-be made redundant 1,700 Remploy workers – unlike the Welsh Government which has pledged £2.4 million for employers who give jobs to Remploy workers when the factories in Wales close.
Phil Davies, GMB National Secretary, said: “When the first wave of factory closures happen by the end of the year, we will see about 1,700 disabled workers thrown onto the dole queue, at a time when those out of work for more than two years is at its worst rate since 1997.”
Earlier this month, the government announced that the 27 factories will close by the end of the year throwing about 1,700 disabled workers out-of-work. A further nine factories face an uncertain future. The remaining 18 sites are due to close or be sold-off next year.