Remploy Workers want to buy Factory as Social Enterprise

  • Three Remploy factories in the Midlands are being sold off by the government, meaning the 98% disabled workforce would be made redundant.

    The workers are now saying that they want to buy the factories as a social enterprise, similar to how the workers from Bolton Remploy did.

    The factories that make components and assemble car parts in Birmingham, Coventry and Derby, will lose all funding from the government by September.

    They were left open when thirty four Remploy factories were closed last year, as they were still making enough money, but now all factories will lose government funding by September and some are to be sold off to private buyers.

    Remploy workers are hoping to be able to buy this and save around 200 disabled jobs by turning it into a social enterprise. They will use any profits from the factory to help train disabled people.

    Martin Hindle, from the GMB union, who is leading the bid, is hoping to get the factory for a reduced rate:

    Between the automotive group, sales exceeded £50m last year and we have an order book until 2017.

    We have 220 workers, about 98% of those are disabled and it's an important facility for them, getting them off benefits, giving them training and preparing them to work in the wider industry.

    We've had discussions with some government organisations to get funding but there are bidders out there who are probably going to put money upfront to buy the business.

    We're getting support from MPs to convince the minister for the disabled that it's a good idea and it's good for the community that they sell it to us at a reduced rate.

     

     


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