Following last night’s news that Tata Steel are set to put their entire UK operation up for sale, Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, the steelworkers’ union has called for an urgent meeting with the Prime Minister. Having been in extensive talks with Tata for the past two days, Roy Rickhuss and the rest of the Community delegation have now left Mumbai to travel back to the UK.
Before leaving Mumbai, Roy Rickhuss said:
“The UK is now on the verge of a national crisis. Tata Steel withdrawing completely from the UK risks destroying our entire steel industry. That would be a disaster both for those communities reliant on steel jobs and our entire industrial base.
“For any advanced, manufacturing economy, steelmaking capacity is not optional. Losing the ability to make steel would fundamentally change our economy forever.
“Community has lead the ‘Save Our Steel’ campaign thus far and today marks a new chapter in that fight.
“Today, I am calling on David Cameron to meet with me urgently to discuss how his government and my union can work together to safeguard the future of our steel industry. Community stands ready to play our part in averting that national crisis – the Prime Minister must now stand up and play his role too.”