‘Blow’ To UK Steel As Tata Cuts 1,200 Jobs

Tata Steel is expected to cut 1,200 jobs in Scunthorpe and at two sites in Scotland.Sources have told Xul News that up to 400 jobs are expected to go in Scotland and the rest in Scunthorpe.

Tata Cuts 1,200 Jobs

In Scunthorpe, the jobs affect the plates section and one of the coke ovens.

The jobs in Scotland are within the Long Products Division, specifically in the ‘steel plates’ section, the source told Xul News.

The Dalzell and Clydebridge works in Scotland represent the last of Scotland’s traditional steel industry.

A Tata statement said: “We’ve been talking about the challenges we’re facing in the UK for many months – surging imports, compounded by the strong pound and uncompetitive policy costs.

“We’ve made a number of structural changes to our UK business over the last months and years to make us more competitive.

“Like all companies we continue to review the performance of our business.”

Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, the steelworkers union, said: “Clearly this is extremely worrying news for all those who may be affected.

“We’ll be seeking further discussions with Tata Steel to understand the full detail, examine alternatives that may safeguard jobs and uphold our principle of opposing compulsory redundancies.

“This is yet another blow to our steel communities and demonstrates the precarious state of the UK steel industry.”

“We will also be seeking a meeting with the Scottish government as a matter of urgency to discuss what support they can offer to Tata Steel’s Scottish steel mills at Dalzell and Clydebridge.”

John Cridland, CBI director-general, said: “Developments at steelworks in Scunthorpe and Scotland are devastating, particularly for those who have lost their jobs and the wider local community.

“To secure the future of our industrial base the Government needs to work in partnership with businesses on a long-term industrial strategy.

“It should also act to guard against excess market supply, support industry by removing plant and machinery from business rates calculations, and secure lower costs for energy intensive industries to help make steelmakers more competitive in the global marketplace.”

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