Responding to news that Liberty Steel is proposing to cut jobs in South Yorkshire and South Wales, Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of the Community trade union said:
“News of more steel industry job cuts is concerning and this will be a worrying time for many steelworkers and their families in South Yorkshire and South Wales.
“Today’s announcement shows yet again that challenges remain for the UK’s steel industry and that is why we reiterate our call on government to meet with unions and employers in the industry to discuss action on the outstanding issues which we have been campaigning on for some time, such as energy costs, business rates and procurement.
“We will be sitting down with Liberty Steel to look at their plans in detail and examine the rationale behind these proposals. We will also be bringing together our reps from across Liberty Steel to discuss this development. In the meantime, we recognise that the company has indicated its intention to achieve any reductions through voluntary redundancy – we will be holding them to that commitment.
“We are also keen to learn more about the new company, GFG Workforce Solutions, which has the potential to be an innovative way of retaining important steel skills within the business.”
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