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250 More Steel Job Losses

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

GMB To Seek Meeting With Prime Minister As Tata Steel Announce 250 Job Losses And Mothballing Of Llanwern Steel Mills

Local communities will be destroyed with mass unemployment and the balance of payment deficit will increase further if we don't get government support and action says GMB

GMB, the union for steel workers, commented on the announcement that Tata Steel is to make 250 redundancies in their strip steel business.

This includes closing and mothballing of the Llanwern Hot Mill and Cold Mill and one Pickle Line.

Tata Steel will retain the Llanwern Hot Coil Finishing and the Zodiac Line - which is the automotive line.

Last month Tata Steel proposed 685 job cuts for two plants in Rotherham and Stocksbridge in South Yorkshire and 35 job cuts at Wednesbury in West Midlands. Those job losses are proposed for end March 2016. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release dated 16th July 2015.

Dave Hulse, GMB National Officer, said “This is more bad news for the steel industry. This comes on the back of the recent announcement that 720 jobs will go in the Speciality Business. The 250 jobs to go will be drawn from agency workers who are currently employed at Tata Steel sites.

There are genuine and well founded concerns over the future of the steel industry in the UK.  GMB will propose that the Trades Unions Steel Committee write to Prime Minister David Cameron requesting a meeting to discuss these concerns over the long term future.

We will see local communities destroyed with mass unemployment while the balance of payment deficit will increase further if we don't act now and get government support and action.

Energy intensive industries need access to affordable and secure energy. Government must ensure competitive tariffs for large scale power users so that the push for low carbon does not drive heavy industry out of the UK.

Unless Government acts what's left of the steel industry will be at risk.”

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Contact Dave Hulse National on 07971 266157 or Jeff Beck in Wales on 07980 753 112  GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823

Notes to editors

Copy of GMB press release dated Thursday 16th July 2015

720 Proposed Job Losses In Tata Steel In Yorkshire And West Midlands Is Absolutely Devastating News Says GMB

Government must ensure competitive tariffs for large scale power users so that the push for low carbon does not drive heavy industry out of the UK says GMB

GMB responded to the announcement by Tata Steel that it plans to cut 720 jobs within its speciality steel and bar division which supplies sectors such as aerospace and construction.

The proposal is for 685 job cuts for two plants in Rotherham and Stocksbridge in South Yorkshire and  35 job cuts  at  Wednesbury in West Midlands. These job losses are proposed for end March 2016

Dave Hulse, GMB National Officer, said “The 720 proposed job losses is absolutely devastating news for workers and their families and for the local economies.

It is a very big blow for UK manufacturing particularly after all the hard work that has been put in by all concerned to bring stability to the business after the dispute about the pensions scheme.

GMB will work with the company and others to mitigate the job losses and to avoid compulsory redundancies.

GMB will want to assess with BIS how UK is losing out due to the weakness of the euro sucking imports into the UK and the extent to which higher power costs here than for EU competitors is leading to job losses. Government must ensure competitive tariffs for large scale power users so that the push for low carbon does not drive heavy industry out of the UK.”

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