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Britain's Energy Coast talks life after Tata Steel

Workers at Tata Steel in Workington are waiting to hear more about the consultation process for employees affected by job cuts.

The firm has announced that 90 posts are under threat at the West Cumbrian plant. It hopes they will be voluntary redundancies.

The organisation, Britain's Energy Coast, which was set up to create jobs prospects in the area, is among the groups trying to help reduce the impact of the redundancies.

Full Report: Tata Steel announces job losses

There is disappointment in Workington with the announcement that 90 jobs are at risk as Tata Steel announces plans to slash its workforce in the town by a third.

Management say a shrinking order book has forced them to look at cuts.

500 jobs are at risk at three sites, including Workington.

A consultation process will begin shortly and the company says support will be offered to staff.

Katie Hunter reports.

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Workington steel workers await more information

90 jobs are expected to go at the Workington plant Credit: PA

Workers at Tata Steel in Workington are waiting to hear more about the consultation process for employees that will be affected by job cuts.

The firm announced yesterday that 90 posts will go at the West Cumbrian plant.

The company have said they hope to achieve the losses through voluntary redundancy.

Workington MP comments on Tata Steel job losses

Local MP Sir Tony Cunningham has been speaking to ITV Border about his reaction to the new that 90 jobs are to be lost at the Tata Steel plant in his home town of Workington.

We put some of Tony's comments to Tata Steel who say they are meeting to discuss the proposed job losses.

We will be bringing you all the latest news on this story on here as it happens.

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GMB: "Terrible news has come straight out of the blue"

Tata Steel has announced that proposed cuts will affect mainly management and administrative roles at sites in Scunthorpe, Teesside and Workington.

David Hulse, national officer of the GMB union, said the news had been a surprise.

"This terrible news has come straight out of the blue. It is a shock to the workforces in Scunthorpe, Workington and Teesside.

"GMB is bitterly disappointed as earlier this year we saw 1,000 people leave the company and everyone involved has worked hard to make all-round improvements.

"GMB will insist on no compulsory redundancies and to bring the number of job losses down."

– David Hulse, national officer of the GMB union

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Workington jobs at risk due to "shortfall in external projects"

Tata Steel is proposing to make job cuts at their factory in Workington due to a "shortfall in external projects."

The company had previously announced that steel production was down by 25 percent in the past five years.

UK demand for construction steel has fallen further since we launched an improvement programme at our Long Products business in 2011. This further market decline means we must now build on the work we have been doing to restore Long Products’ ability to compete throughout the economic cycle.

“The proposed changes at our Workington engineering operations, meanwhile, are as a result of a shortfall in external projects.

“Today’s proposals would help us build a more sustainable business. I know this will be a difficult and unsettling time for affected employees and their families. This action, unfortunately, cannot wait if we are to remain a vital foundation industry supporting the UK’s manufacturing and construction sectors.

“We will work closely with our trade union colleagues and government at a national and local level to ensure we provide our employees with as much assistance and support as possible.”

– Jon Bolton, Director of the Long Products operations

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