Neath Port Talbot politicians react to Remploy closure
NEATH Port Talbot politicians have had their say about the decision to close the Remploy factory.
The company has confirmed that no viable bids had been received for its furniture business and as a result the plant based at Baglan Energy Park will close.
Remploy has said employees will now be invited to at least two individual consultation meetings over the next 30 days to discuss the options and the support that will be available to them.
Aberavon MP Dr Hywel Francis said: "This is a shocking and deplorable decision which must be reversed.
"I intend to speak with Disability Minister, Esther McVey, to urge her once again to listen to my representations and those of my colleague, David Rees AM, to work with the Welsh Government, local management, unions, the local council and the Wales Co-operative Centre to save these vital jobs for disabled people."
Neath MP Peter Hain said: "The announcement by the Government is desperately disappointing and devastating news for employees at Remploy's Baglan site now facing redundancy and the prospect of competing in the highly competitive local jobseekers market."
A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spokesman said: "All disabled employees at the three factories affected will now be guaranteed tailored support from an £8 million package, including a personal case worker to help with the transition to mainstream employment."