In March Ministers in London announced proposals to close seven out of the nine Remploy factories in Wales.
The First Minister has been invited to the Porth factory by staff worried about how the plans will affect them. The Welsh Government is doing all it can to preserve jobs for disabled Remploy workers in Wales.
"The UK Government’s decision to reduce the subsidy to Remploy will lead to some factories disappearing altogether, a move that will mean hundreds of people across Wales losing their jobs. They are taking a very short-sighted view to the way employment for disabled people should be supported and a vulnerable group of workers are now threatened by redundancy. We will continue to press the UK Government to think again.
"The Welsh Government will not stand idly by and that is why I have come here today to hear for myself the concerns of Remploy staff. We will continue to work with the staff, unions and other interested parties to see if there are any viable options for these factories. I believe that there is a place for sheltered employment to support people who would be at a severe and unfair disadvantage in the open labour market."
The Welsh Government has set up a Strategic Advisory Board of senior stakeholders with an interest in the future of Remploy factories in Wales to look at options for the sites and to continue to press the UK Government with the goal of maintaining employment in Wales.