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.”
More top news
Nicola Sturgeon has said the SNP would listen to arguments. Alex Salmond says they have - and are set to vote against military action.
A man from Eastriggs near Annan has been shortlisted for a national award as the "Deafblind Person of the Year."
Work has begun on the £16million Windermere Jetty: Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, on the shore of England's longest lake.