Port Talbot politicians continue fight to help Remploy workers find jobs
PORT Talbot politicians are continuing their fight to help Remploy disabled workers find new jobs.
It was nearly a month ago when the company 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.
Workers at the factory, which has 54 disabled employees, were handed letters giving them one month’s notice.
Aberavon MP Hywel Francis and AM David Rees said they are doing their best to find new and sustainable jobs for the workers.
“Although the Remploy furniture business has been announced for closure and redundancy notices have now been issued, we are still working hard to retain as many jobs locally as possible for disabled workers who were once employed at Baglan,” they said in a joint statement.
“We are intensifying our activities through representations to UK, Welsh and local government, as well as consultations with union representatives.
“We have had several confidential discussions which may come to fruition within the next two weeks.
“We wish to place on record our appreciation for the advice given by the leader and the officers of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and the maintenance of the employment support grant by the Welsh Government.”
In a recent meeting between the Disability Minister, Esther McVey, and Dr Francis, it was agreed that every effort should be made to secure maximum opportunities for disabled workers locally following the closure.
Following the announcement, Remploy said employees would be invited to at least two individual consultation meetings to discuss the options and the support that will be available to them.
A Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) spokesman said support would be available.
He added: “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.”