Dundee SNP politicians today [Wed 7 March] welcomed the news that the Dundee factory Remploy is not one of the 36 factories in the Remploy network across the UK to be earmarked for closure, while expressing regret at the plight of those scheduled for closure, which includes three in Scotland.
Joe FitzPatrick MSP, in whose Dundee City West constituency the factory is sited, said: “I am relieved that the Dundee factory is not one of those earmarked for closure by the UK Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller, and believe that this underlines the viability of Remploy Dundee within the network.
“However, we regret the plight of those factories now scheduled for closure, 36 our of 54,which includes Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Motherwell.
“We oppose the closures of these factories as all means of boosting employment should be supported by the UK and Scottish Governments during the present financial downturn.”
Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie said: “The public consultation on Remploy and the Sayce Report on supported employment ended on 17 October but staff and employees at the Dundee factory have been very concerned for their future and they will be re-assured today.
“Over the last few months we had put pressure on the Scottish Secretary to consult with the DWP and put pressure on his colleagues the Home Secretary and the Defence Secretary, whose departments are Remploy’s main customers, to confirm the first-class quality of the chemical and biological equipment produced at Remploy in Dundee.
“I visited the Dundee factory as have my colleagues Pete Wishart MP and both Dundee’s constituency MSPs Shona Robison and Joe FitzPatrick and took up a number of issues with the Department of Work and Pensions, with Liz Sayce who was conducting the Report and with the Minister for the Disabled and perhaps the joint campaign by all those lobbying for the Dundee factory, has been successful – as reflected in today’s announcement.”