Mary and Norma with Remploy workersOn a visit to meet campaigners outside Remploy’s factory in Benton today, Norma Redfearn, Labour’s candidate for Mayor of North Tyneside said:

 “The Tory-led government’s decision to close the Remploy factory in Benton is a real blow to workers. It is a shameful decision from a government without compassion. Employees here are very worried about their future in this double-dip recession. The job market is extremely difficult in North Tyneside and it makes no sense for the government to throw these good people out onto the dole. Increasing unemployment costs the taxpayer more, so it just doesn’t make good economic sense in the present economic climate. 

 “I’m pleased to be able to come to Remploy to show my support for their campaign.”

 Mary Glindon, Labour MP for North Tyneside said:

 “With unemployment high and back to work schemes struggling, it is unbelievable that government ministers think now is a good time to sack disabled workers. For many people here at Remploy, their job provides more than just a wage, it adds so much to their quality of life. The government is making the wrong decision and treating Remploy workers in an appalling way. 

"We hope the Government will listen to workers but if we can't change their minds on the closures then I will be fighting every step of the way to ensure the package offered by the Government goes to the employees, so that they can make their own decisions about their futures.”