AROUND 4,000 workers at the Remploy factories, which mainly employ disabled people, have voted to reject a pay offer by 81 percent. The workers, based across 82 factories, defied their unions' recommendation to accept the pay deal. Most of the workers are in the GMB and TGWU unions. The two-year deal was 'self funding', which meant workers had to give up their travel expenses to fund the pay package.
'Remploy say they can't afford to give us any more,' said Remploy worker Derek Milligan. 'But the government gives the company a £9 million subsidy. 'Last year Remploy spent £10 million paying off bosses and then re-employing them. That is why there was a big rejection of the deal.' The workers want their unions to lead a fight against Remploy's latest attack.