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Prime Minister must seek assurances over Tata Steel’s commitment to UK

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Community
12th November 2015

The steelworkers’ union Community has expressed disappointment that Tata Steel Chairman, Cyrus Mistry, is not able to meet with trade unions to discuss the steel crisis and Tata Steel’s commitment to the UK. Mr Mistry is part of the high-level Indian trade delegation that is currently in Britain with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After recent comments by Tata Steel Europe’s CEO, Karl Koehler, the union is calling on the Prime Minister to raise the issue of Tata’s commitment to the UK steel industry directly with Mr Mistry during the trade visit.

Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, said:

“With the steel industry in crisis and thousands of jobs on the line, it’s extremely disappointing that Mr Mistry cannot meet with the representatives of his company’s greatest asset – his steelworkers. Recent comments from Tata Steel Europe’s CEO have left a workforce looking for answers and Mr Mistry is missing an opportunity to reassure them. That’s why I’m calling on the Prime Minister to ask the Tata chairman directly about his company’s intentions for a vital UK foundation industry.

“Mr Mistry said that Tata Steel would be a ‘responsible seller’ of its Long Products business. Now he needs to demonstrate that they are a responsible owner and employer. Tata must honour their moral and social obligations to the UK’s steel communities and the Prime Minster must seek that commitment .”

At the weekend, Karl Koehler, CEO of Tata Steel Europe, told India’s Economic Times that ‘Long Products will not have a future within Tata Steel’.http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/indl-goods/svs/steel/tata-steel-may-sell-long-products-europe-business-by-march-2016/articleshow/49710870.cms

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