The steelworkers trade union Community has today welcomed news that Tata Steel has agreed to sell its Hartlepool pipe mills to Liberty House Group. Responding to the news, Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, said:
“This is welcome news, which will hopefully bring to an end a long period of uncertainty for steelworkers in Hartlepool. We look forward to sitting down with Liberty House Group to fully understand the detail of their plans for the business and we will be supporting our members through the coming transfer consultations. We already have a good working relationship with Liberty and the Hartlepool mills fit well with the other assets that Liberty has acquired over the past year. Today’s news is cause for optimism but now all parties involved, including the government, need to take the necessary steps to ensure a sustainable future for steel in Hartlepool.”
The sale agreement covers the 42-inch and 84-inch pipe mills, also known as the Submerged Arc Weld (SAW) mills, where about 140 employees manufacture pipeline for gas and oil projects. Tata Steel and Liberty expect the transaction to be completed in the next few months.