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.”
Contact: Dave Hulse 07971 266157 or 0207 391 6700 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823