Remploy closure and modernisation talks break down

Talks over the future of troubled disability employer Remploy have broken down, Personnel Today can reveal.

The publicly funded organisation was due to announce this week how it will modernise without shedding jobs – but has been forced to put the announcement back until at least mid-November.

“Talks started constructively but they are not going so well now,” a Remploy spokeswoman admitted to Personnel Today.

Remploy originally wanted to close 43 of its 83 factories, putting up to 2,000 disabled jobs at risk, to concentrate on placing people into mainstream employment.

But it was forced into meetings with unions after work and pensions secretary Peter Hain guaranteed last month that there would be no compulsory redundancies – and that wages and final salary pensions would be protected.

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