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Directors slammed over 'bonuses'

Directors at an organisation which laid off thousands of disabled staff have been accused of receiving "huge" bonuses, by a union.

GMB said directors at Remploy, whose HQ is in Leicester, were paid more than £4m in bonuses over a three-year period while thousands of jobs were lost.

A Remploy spokesman said bonus payments were based on individual performance related targets.

Remploy was founded in 1945 to offer employment to people with disabilities.

Modernisation programme

GMB said the money spent on bonuses should instead be spent on employing staff.

Speaking at the union's annual conference in Blackpool, national officer Phil Davies described it as an "absolute outrage and a misuse of public money."

He told delegates: "As Remploy went through serious difficulties with closure of workshops and redundancies for disabled workers, the stress and strain this placed on the poor managers and directors saw them award themselves £4,168,598 in bonuses in the three years of crisis and closures between 2005 and 2008.

"That must make the disabled workers who lost their jobs feel warm inside knowing at least the managers and directors did OK."

But a spokesman for Remploy said there were plans to employ thousands of people in the future.

He said: "Last year's bonus payments reflect the effort and commitment of Remploy staff as the company went through the biggest transformation in its history.

"As a result of that modernisation programme, Remploy will, by 2012, be finding jobs in mainstream employment for 20,000 people with disabilities and health conditions every year - four times higher than prior to modernisation."

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