Joint Statement from the National Trade Union Steel Co-ordinating Committee:
Steelworkers meeting in London today have made three new demands of government to secure UK steel making. One hundred steelworkers from across the UK gathered at the TUC’s Congress House to formulate a plan for their industry following Tata Steel’s decision to divest its UK assets.
The unions have set out the following three demands of government:
The steel unions have engaged expert steel industry advisors Syndex UK to help with further development of their plans.
Speaking after the meeting, Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, said:
“It was clear from our meeting today that steelworkers are the guardians of their industry and they know what action is needed to secure the future of steel making in the UK. There needs to be a step-change in the level of government involvement with Tata, its customers and the unions and this is why we have set out our three demands. First of all, the government needs to reassure the customer base. Second they need to make it clear to Tata that the integrity of the business must be maintained, Tata must be a responsible seller and they must allow time for a deal to be done. Finally, the government must invest in our steel industry to give it a future.”
Harish Patel, National Officer, Unite, said:
“Steelworkers are united in their view of what the government must do. This business should have a future but it needs immediate action to reassure customers and protect the integrity of the business. We don’t want to hear more warm words from ministers. We want government to work with us to deliver this plan, invest in the future of steel making and protect the jobs of thousands of steelworkers across the UK.”
Dave Hulse, National Officer, GMB, said:
“There is no time for further delay from this government. They need to be loud and clear to instil confidence in customers and steelworkers that this business will have a future. Government must also hold Tata to being a responsible seller. You can’t rush selling off the UK steel industry and needs everybody to work together in the best interests of our industrial security and steel communities across the UK.”
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