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Roy Rickhuss visits West Midlands and South Yorkshire steelworks

4th May 2016

In the past few days Roy Rickhuss has visited members in the West Midlands and South Yorkshire to talk about the Save Our Steel campaign.

He also spoke to the Business Editors of the local papers. Here’s the video made by the Wolverhampton Express and Star:

You can read the accompanying article here.

And here you can read Roy’s interview with the Sheffield Star.

The visits came as two potential buyers announced that they had submitted ‘letters of intent’ to Tata Steel. Responding to the news, Roy Rickhuss, said:

“As we have said all along, we welcome interest from credible investors but there is a still a way to go in the sales process. Community already has a good working relationship with Liberty as our members work for the company in Newport and it’s taken over Tata’s Dalzell and Clydebridge plants. We have also worked with Stuart Wilkie, Excalibur Steel’s CEO, over many years during his time at Tata Steel and Corus. We look forward to hearing in more detail about their respective plans.

“The fact that there are a number of parties interested in buying the business is welcome and shows that investors believe that UK steel making can be successful. I’m sure any buyer would recognise the vital importance of understanding the views and aspirations of the greatest asset to the business – the commmitted and skilled workforce. So in the coming days and weeks we would expect all potential investors who come forward to meet with Community so we can understand their plans for the business and ensure they have the capability and capacity to create a sustainable future for UK steel making.

“Community has made it clear that Tata Steel needs to allow sufficient time for potential buyers to come forward and develop their plans and bids for the business. We will continue to hold Tata to its commitment to be a responsible seller.”