Government decision to sack disabled workers “barbaric” says Unite

Unite, Britain's biggest union, has called the UK government's decision to sack over 1,000 disabled workers at Remploy ‘Barbaric’.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: "This is a barbaric decision. The government has sunk to a new low by sacking over 1,000 disabled workers.

"To choose to cut these jobs only a few days after the government passed the welfare bill is proof it has no intention of helping the most vulnerable in society, instead the coalition is only making life worse.

"In the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, these workers prospects of finding work are almost zero. Unite is determined to fight this decision."

In a written ministerial statement the House of Commons was told of the decision to close 36 of the 54 remaining Remploy sites with compulsory redundancies for 1,752 people of which 1,518 of these are disabled. All 54 factories could close in due course.

Unite has 1,000 members working at Remploy.

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