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Remploy Furniture Factories Consultation

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Metalliform Selected As Preferred Bidder For Remploy Factories In Blackburn, Neath Port Talbot And Sheffield

GMB will be meeting with Metalliform next week and look forward to starting constructive discussions on the future of these factories

GMB, the union for Remploy workers, commented on the announcement possible transfer of Remploy's furniture factories in Blackburn, Sheffield and Neath Port Talbot to Metalliform. See briefing notes from Remploy dated 3rd June 2013

Jerry Nelson, GMB National Officer for Remploy, said “GMB will be meeting with Metalliform next week in the first stage of consultations on the possible transfer of Remploy's furniture factories in Blackburn, Sheffield and Neath Port Talbot.

We look forward to meeting the company and starting constructive discussions on the future of these factories.

Our major concern is to protect as many jobs as possible and maintain the current terms and conditions of our members, we will insist on our disabled members being treated with the fairness, dignity and respect they rightly deserve in this process.”


Contact Jerry Nelson 07918 156 846 or James Stribley 07525 136 396 or GMB press office 07974 251 823 or 07921 289880

Notes to editors

Briefing for Furniture employees 3 June 2013

Thank you for attending this morning’s briefing and firstly apologies for having to postpone the briefing last week. This was due to last minute meetings taking place unexpectedly.

On 9 May we announced that a preferred bidder for the Furniture Business had been identified and that we would be starting due diligence and negotiations with them.

We have now started these discussions and both Remploy and the preferred bidder wish to disclose their identity. The preferred bidder is Metalliform Holdings Ltd which is a well-established furniture manufacturer that has been making furniture for schools, colleges and universities for more than 60 years.

We would stress that we are at the early stages of due diligence negotiations. As is normal in these processes, we plan to enter into an exclusive period of discussions with Metalliform and hope to work together to resolve any issues which require further clarification during these discussions.

The current target completion date to sell the business is prior to or on 31July, this is dependent on enough progress being made during the coming weeks.

During these discussions, it is likely that representatives from Metalliform will be visiting the Furniture sites over the coming weeks as part of the due diligence process and you will have the chance to talk to them as discussed in the recent TUPE training sessions held at the sites.

Both Remploy and Metalliform hope that it will be possible to bring due diligence and negotiations to a successful conclusion which preserves as many jobs as possible.

We would like to thank all employees for their patience and commitment shown during this uncertain period as we all strive towards achieving this objective.

We will continue to keep you updated on progress, while recognising the normal commercial sensitivity involved in this challenging


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