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A public protest meeting is being organised in Penzance by the Penwith Anti-Cuts Alliance in support of workers from the last remaining Remploy factory in Cornwall to remain open.
The Penzance Remploy factory is under threat of closure following UK government plans to cut funding to the factories. The Remploy factories were set up to employ disabled people and if the Penzance factory closes all 32 of its employees will be out of work. In Cornwall only 48% of people with a disability are employed, compared to 68% of Cornwall’s working population as a whole and are less likely to be employed in Cornwall than in the English south west region.
In April 2012 the Celtic League submitted a statement to the United Nations, in their capacity as an NGO with consultative status with the international organisation, to raise the issue of the Remploy factory closures and the lack of employment opportunities for disabled people within the Celtic countries in general.
In Scotland a slightly higher number of disabled people are employed (50%) compared to Cornwall, but in Wales the situation is twice as bad, with only 26% of disabled people – excluding those in education – being employed.
The meeting in Penzance will be held in the Lugger Hotel and will be held on Tuesday 1st May at 7pm and members of the Kernow Branch will be attending the meeting to show their support for the workers.
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