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GMB and Unite unions announce strike dates at Remploy factories

Issue No. 2310

Remploy workers at 54 factories around the country have announced two 24 hour strikes in protest at Tory plans to shut down their workplaces.

The joint strikes by workers in the GMB and Unite unions will take place from 6am on Thursday 19 July and from 6am on Thursday 27 July. There will also be a continuous overtime ban starting from 12 noon on Thursday of next week.

The Tories announced the closure of the 36 factories earlier this year. It would force 1,752 workers into redundancy, 1,518 of whom are disabled. The government also plans to eventually shut the remaining 18 workplaces.

Some 80 percent of GMB workers and 60 percent of Unite workers backed striking over against closures in a ballot result announced earlier this week.

Unite national officer Kevin Hopworth said the work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith had provoked the strike. 'His decision is based on right wing dogma,' he added.

» Background: A cruel attack on Remploy jobs

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Fri 6 Jul 2012, 15:54 BST
Issue No. 2310
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