Job losses at Tata Steel

Tata Steel has announced 56 job losses at two of its Yorkshire businesses.

South Yorkshire MP "disappointed" at Tata Steel job loss announcement

One of the region's Tata Steel plants

Reacting to Tata Steel's announcement on job losses, Rotherham MP John Healey said: “I am disappointed that these changes mean redundancies in Rotherham. It will be a very difficult Christmas for those at risk of losing their jobs.

“Steel making has been hit as the economy has gone back into double dip recession. We need an economic policy from the government that restores growth to the economy and helps the steel industry pick up again.”

Rotherham MP "disappointed" at Tata Steel job losses

Reacting to Tata Steel's announcement on job losses, Rotherham MP John Healey said: “I am disappointed that these changes mean redundancies in Rotherham. It will be a very difficult Christmas for those at risk of losing their jobs.

“Steel making has been hit as the economy has gone back into double dip recession. We need an economic policy from the government that restores growth to the economy and helps the steel industry pick up again.”

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Tata Steel "significant decline" in demand

The restructuring follows a significant decline in demand for bar steel products.

Tata Steel employs 2,200 people at its Specialty Steels and Bar business in the UK, including 1,050 in Rotherham and 70 in Wednesbury.

“These proposed changes are a critical part of developing a sustainable and competitive bar business.

“Tata Steel is showing its commitment to making this strategy work by committing £2.75 million of investment for the bar business. We are investing in improvements to our steelmaking in Rotherham as well as to the final quality of our products.

“Over the coming weeks, our priority will be to help our employees through this difficult process and keep them up to date with the changes. We will do everything we can to provide them with support and assistance.”

– Mark Broxholme, Tata Steel

156 jobs to go at Tata Steel in Yorkshire

Tata Steel has announced 156 job losses at two of its businesses in Yorkshire. 126 jobs are to go at its bar business in South Yorkshire and 41 at its distribution business in West Yorkshire.

However proposals include an increase of 11 jobs at a distribution hub in South Yorkshire.

The steel giant plans to restructure the bar business to focus on supplying hi-tech products to manufacturing sectors. To support this Tata Steel is investing £2.75m in the Rotherham-based business.

There will be a loss of 135 jobs in total in South Yorkshire – 110 in Rotherham, 16 in Stocksbridge and nine in Wednesbury, West Midlands.

In West Yorkshire, Tata Steel has proposed to close a distribution site in Leeds, with a net loss of 30 jobs.