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Tata Steel goes to ACAS to try to solve dispute

Tata Steel UK goes to ACAS to try to solve pension dispute Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Tata Steel UK says it's approached the conciliation service ACAS to try to resolve a pension dispute wth its workforce.

The company has sites across the North East, at Hartlepool, Skinningrove, Lackenby, Darlington, York and Blaydon.

A one day strike is planned for later this month. Tata says it's facing a projected shortfall of more than £2 billion pounds this year. The Unite union says it's provoking the biggest crisis in the steel industry for a generation.

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Thousands of steel workers to go on strike over pensions

Thousands of workers at Tata Steel are to go on strike in a row over pensions, unions have announced.

The strike, the first in the industry for 35 years, will take place on 22 June, with around 13,000 workers involved in the action.

It follows a decision by the company to close employees' final salary pension scheme

As ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills reports, Community union General Secretary Roy Rickhuss claimed the move had given staff "no option" but to strike.


Renault Pedal car goes for £1,350

Credit: Sheffield Auction Gallery

An early 20th Century French Renault pedal car topped the prices at Sheffield Auction Galleries toy sale on June the 4th. The Devillaine Brothers machine was in a remarkably complete condition for its age and, although showing signs of wear, still raced away to £1,350 hammer price between two telephone bidders, against a £500-800 pre-sale estimate.

“This car travelled all the way from France for the sale and despite the condition it shows how genuine rarity holds it's value. I am delighted with the result.”

– Specialist Valuer and Auctioneer, John Morgan.

Veterans given free trips to Normandy

This weekend sees the anniversary of the D-Day landings – the 6th of June 1944, a turning point in the Second World War.

Every year, groups of veterans head to Normandy to visit the places where they fought and to remember those who lost their lives. Now, veterans across Yorkshire are being offered free trips, as part of a scheme funded by the huge Libor bank fines. A former serviceman from Scarborough’s just been taken on one of the trips, along with a number of other veterans. They were joined by our reporter Lauren Hall.


Planning permission granted for Siemens plant in Hull

Hull City Council planning committee meeting has approved plans for the new Siemens plant at Alexandra Dock.

A representative of Siemens addressed the committee and told them it would be a "truly be a memorable decision" and could lead to construction starting in August of this year with the site aiming to open with the creation of up to 1000 jobs by November 2016.

£1.5 million set aside by council for National Rail College

Doncaster Council has made £1.5 million available for the National Rail College development in the town.

£1.5 million set aside by council for National Rail College Credit: Doncaster Council

Capital funding of £1.1 million will be put towards pre-construction preparation, including detailed design work and surveys to support the planning application. That money will be returned to the council when government grant funding is secure later this year.

In addition, £400,000 has been approved for the development of the curriculum and developing opportunities for people in the area to access the college when it is up and running.

The College is fundamental to the rail sector's future and Doncaster is right at the heart of it. I am committed to driving our economy forward and the National College of High Speed Rail will continue to do just that. It will enable our existing world-class rail companies to flourish and be a magnet for attracting new private sector investment. This combination of benefits will in turn deliver high quality jobs and sustained economic growth for residents across the borough and wider Sheffield City Region. It is tremendous news that such good progress is being made with this key project.

– Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster
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Watch: Fuel price cut for two rural areas

People in Hawes in North Yorkshire and the NE48 postcode area of Northumberland are to see cuts in fuel prices at local garages.

The Government is extending its rural fuel rebate to 17 more areas across the country which will cut 5p off every litre of fuel.

The scheme has been set up to help people who are currently faced with some of the highest petrol prices in the country. It will run for six years before it is reviewed.

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