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GMB Comments On Tata Steel Announcement

Monday, July 11, 2016
GMB Comments On Tata Steel Announcement

We will continue to hold both the government and Tata Steel to account over the commitments they have made to the steel industry says GMB.

GMB, the union for workers in the steel industry, has commented on the announcement from Tata Steel that it would put the sale of its UK business on hold to explore “strategic alternatives”. (See notes to editors for previous GMB press releases on Tata Steel).

Dave Hulse, GMB national officer, said "We are pleased that Tata Steel has reaffirmed its commitment to pursuing the best prospects for the steel industry and are continuing to develop a sustainable transformation plan for its UK businesses across all its sites.

This announcement follows on from a meeting of the steel unions with the Secretary of State for Business Sajid Javid. At that meeting the minister reaffirmed that the commitments the government had made to the steel industry prior to the referendum still stand. He also indicated that there had been a healthy response to the consultation on the British Steel pension scheme. We requested that careful consideration is given before any decisions are made.

The steel unions will continue to hold both the government and Tata steel to account over the commitments made by the prime minister and his government both in face to face meetings with steel workers and also Tata Steel committing to be a responsible seller."

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Notes to Editors

1 GMB press release dated Tuesday, June 21, 2016

GMB Comments On Tata Steel Workers’ Pension Consultation

If pensions are going to be reduced because of this crisis, we must ensure we do all we can to make sure that these workers get the best pension they possibly can says GMB

GMB, the union for workers in the steel industry, commented today on the government’s consultation on the future of Tata steelworkers’ pensions. (See notes to editors for a a statement from Secretary of State for Business Sajid Javid).

Dave Hulse, GMB national officer, said “GMB do not condone steelworkers and ex-steelworkers paying the price for a crisis this government's negligence has caused.

However, if pensions are going to be reduced because of this crisis, we must ensure we do all we can to make sure that these workers get the best pension they possibly can.

Before we modify any pension benefits we want the government and TSUK to have explored every other avenue and to have discharged their responsibility to these scheme members and their communities.”

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