The Government was accused of being “callous” after announcing that hundreds more disabled workers at Remploy factories are at risk of losing their jobs under fresh closure plans.
A further 875 employees, including 682 disabled people, have been told they face compulsory redundancy, some hearing the news by email.
Unions attacked the decision as “cruel”, warning of the difficulty disabled workers face when looking for work.
Ministers announced earlier this year that a number of Remploy factories would close, arguing that the budget for disabled employment services could be spent more effectively. Thirty-four factories have ceased operations since then and are in the process of closing.