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Bournemouth Borough Council

The Dorset Enterprises factory has been providing supported employment for disabled people in the Borough since 1914, making garden furniture for a number of prestigious clients.

Bournemouth Borough Council are set to close the factory in a matter of weeks putting 22 people out of work, most of whom have a disability.

UNISON are calling on Councillors to vote against the recommendation to close the factory being put to Cabinet on Wednesday 16th January and instead explore additional options to return the factory to break-even status including finding a suitable business partner or assisting with running the business as a Social Enterprise.

This petition will be presented by UNISON to a Full Council meeting.

Signed,

Unison All Dorset Branch

This petition closed almost 2 years ago

How this will help

This is the largest group of redundancies to date that Bournemouth Borough Council have proposed and the majority of staff affected have physical or learning disabilities.

Many of the staff have...

This is the largest group of redundancies to date that Bournemouth Borough Council have proposed and the majority of staff affected have physical or learning disabilities.

Many of the staff have worked for the council at the factory for over 10 years. The factory is a very supportive environment which understands the needs of its workforce and works individually with them to ensure that they can learn and develop skills at their own pace.

For many of these staff, it will be almost impossible for them to find similar work in private sector workplaces. Many of the staff support other family members with disabilities and the loss of this employment and income will force the families onto benefits.

1,500 signatures will ENSURE that this decision is debated at Full Council.

Please sign the petition TODAY to show your support for these public sector staff and protect the most vulnerable and their families from losing their supported employment.

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