Tata Steel have announced the completion of the sale of their 42-inch and 84-inch pipe mills in Hartlepool, also known as the Submerged Arc Weld (SAW) mills, to the Liberty House Group.
Responding to this announcement, Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, the steelworkers’ union said:
“Hartlepool steelworkers will welcome today’s news. For well over a year, they have faced an uncertain future, but can now look ahead to making a real success of the businesses.
“Community, the steelworkers’ union, is already working closely with the Liberty House Group at sites across the UK. We will be meeting with Liberty bosses again soon to understand their plans for the business, and how they will invest in their new highly skilled workforce.
“All the mills at Hartlepool produce high quality steel products, used around the world. It would have been a disaster if these jobs and skills had been lost, and Community will be working with companies to ensure they are protected in the future.
“Today is a step in the right direction and further evidence that British steel making has huge potential, but to realise this we need government to bring forward a proper industrial strategy that supports jobs and our steel communities.”