Responding to news from Tata Steel regarding 3,000 potential job cuts across its European business, Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of the steelworkers’ trade union, Community, said:
“This is a shocking announcement, which will worry many steelworkers and their families in the UK and across Europe. This news has been badly handled and the company should hang its head in shame with the way this development has been communicated. The workforce should not pay the price for the failure of the joint venture with Thyssenkrupp nor the lack of a plan B when the JV talks collapsed. We secured a jobs guarantee until 2021 and we will be robustly defending that agreement. We want a long-term vision for the future of steelmaking in Tata Steel Europe, not the management of decline by 3,000 job cuts.”
“While company management are responsible for the direction they are taking, yet again we must call for more action to create a level playing field for UK steel businesses. Our steel producers continue to face higher energy costs, high business rates and competition from cheap imports. Government attempts to address these longstanding issues have not created the environment our steel companies need to compete effectively in a global market.”
Matt Ball: 07799 772250 Melantha Chittenden: 07772 146553
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