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Let’s get to work: Community responds to Sturgeon’s steelworks visit

22nd October 2015

Community, the union representing Scotland’s steelworkers has called for work to start immediately on the hunt for a new operator for the Dalzell and Clydebridge. This follows a visit by Nicola Sturgeon to the Tata Steel sites this morning, during which she met with Community officials and Tata management to discuss the proposed cut of 270 jobs across the two sites.

tata_dalzellSpeaking after the visit, Community’s Assistant General Secretary, John Park said:

“Community had a positive meeting with Nicola Sturgeon this morning, during which we stressed the importance that the Scottish Government’s task force is more than just a talking shop. We believe there can be a positive future for these two steelworks and have urged the First Minister put the full weight of the Scottish Government behind the efforts to find a new commercial operator for both Dalzell and Clydebridge.

“The First Minister has clearly demonstrated an understanding of the problems facing the steel industry, now she must work to ensure that steelmaking in Scotland can not only survive this crisis but have a long-term sustainable future. Achieving this will require the Scottish Government to develop an active industrial strategy which identifies both public and private infrastructure projects from which the Scottish steel industry can benefit.

“Community will be working closely with Tata Steel and the Scottish Government over the coming weeks; however it is important that work begins immediately. If a positive outcome is to be secured for Scotland’s steel industry then there can be no delay in seeking new investment and business opportunities.”

1. Community is the largest and leading trade union in the steel industry and represents the majority of those workers affected by this announcement.
2. For more information, contact Callum Munro on 07821250904 or Matt Ball on 07799772250.