Responding to news that Liberty Steel has signed a sale and purchase agreement to take on Tata Steel’s Dalzell and Clydebridge plants, Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of the steelworkers’ union Community, said:
“This is extremely welcome news and what everyone involved in the Task Force have been working towards. In particular, I want to pay tribute to Community’s local reps and all they have done to get us to this point. The signing of this agreement is the first step towards restoring jobs and resuming production but there are still many steps to be taken. Community will continue to work tirelessly to see that happen. We made it clear that the skilled workforce at Dalzell and Clydebridge deserved a future in steel and from my discussions with Liberty I know they have the ambition to make that happen.
“The work of the Scottish Government’s Task Force should not end here if the new business and other steel businesses in Scotland are to be part of a brighter future. There is further action and support needed to create an industrial and procurement strategy that enables Scottish steel to recover and then grow as part of a steel supply chain across the UK.”