LONDON Alan Johnson, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, joined the workforce at Remploy Electronics in Barking last week to help raise a specially commissioned flag to signal the 12-month celebration of the Remploy's Diamond Jubilee.
Remploy Barking was established as part of a network of factories throughout the country to employ ex-service men and women injured in the Second World War. Now Remploy's brief is far wider; nationally, it provides jobs and training in all parts of the economy as well as in its own factories. Last year, the organisation helped into work more than 12,000 people with a range of physical, sensory and mental disabilities.
Johnson, said, “I am delighted to be here to mark the 60th anniversary of Remploy and to acknowledge the valuable work they do in providing employment opportunities for disabled people. Some employersstill need to be convinced that there are real business benefits to employing disabled people and Remploy is testimony to the fact that no company can afford to ignore the skills, energy and creativity of disabled people.”
Bob Warner, Remploy's Chief Executive said, “Remploy is a unique company – not only because of the diverse range of successful businesses we run and services we offer, but also because of the people we employ. They are skilled and motivated and share our aspiration to continually improve the company – and they happen to be disabled.”
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Alan Johnson (left) and Remploy Barking manager, Tyrone Pearce, hold flag commemorating Remploy's 60th anniversary.