Community, the steelworkers’ union, has today welcomed the fact that Tata have finally clarified the future of its South Yorkshire based Speciality Steels business. This follows months of unnecessary stress and concern as workers were left in the dark about their future.
Liberty House Group are set to acquire the business which produces a range of high value steel products for use around the world and supports around 1,700 direct jobs, with many more in the supply chain and local economies.
Community, the union for workers within Speciality Steels, has spent the last year campaigning to save the business, after Tata announced in March that it planned to sell its UK assets.
Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, said:
“After months of uncertainty and delay from Tata, this will be welcome news for the thousands of steelworkers whose jobs depend on the success of this business. Community has worked with Liberty House Group at steel sites across the UK, and I have already spoken with the company about the next steps in this process.
“Community has spent months campaigning to save these jobs and today’s news is a credit to our local reps who have worked so hard to ensure the business has a viable future. We will now begin the process of working closely with Liberty to examine their plans to make a success of Speciality Steels.
“The number one priority for Community will be ensuring that Liberty have a proper plan to protect jobs and provide the long term investment necessary to grow the business. Crucial to this plan will be ensuring that the business’ loyal workforce have a pension plan that provides dignity and security in retirement.
“This is a positive step for the UK steel industry; however there remain huge challenges which government must address. Energy costs, business rates, and procurement rules continue to put British businesses at a disadvantage. Community will continue with our ‘Save Our Steel’ campaign and will work with government and steel producers to secure a long term future for this vital industry.”