REMPLOY factories must dramatically cut costs if they want to secure their long-term future the company’s chief executive has warned.
Wrexham’s site had been earmarked for closure but was saved last November after officials decided it should escape the nationwide cull that saw 28 centres close.
But Bob Warner, who runs the government-backed organisation, admitted more centres face an uncertain future if they cannot reduce running costs.
It has raised a question mark over the future of the North Wales factory.
In an interview in the House of Commons magazine he was asked if there “will forever be a need for some sheltered employment”, replying: “That’s a really difficult question.
“I’ve been very clear with our people that, if we can get our costs down to £10,000 per person, we don't need to have that debate about whether it’s the right thing to do or not, because it’s good value.”
The GMB union hit out at Mr Warner claiming his leadership had left Remploy, the country’s biggest employer of disabled workers, with “less profit and less jobs and a larger subsidy”.
A spokesman said: “We do not consider he has any vision to offer in running Remploy. GMB will continue to fight for sheltered workshops.”
Remploy Wrexham is part of the company's furniture business and employs 75 disabled people.
It had been identified for closure as part of wide-spread national cuts programme because low wage competition from countries like China had put factories under “enormous pressure”.
Mencap, which supports giving disabled people “more fulfilling lives” in everyday jobs, said the loss of all Remploy factories “would not be a catastrophe”.
A Mencap spokesman said: “People with a learning disability should be in mainstream employment as much as possible.”