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Volkswagen announces software refit in diesel vehicles

Volkswagen will refit its vehicles in the wake of the diesel emissions scandal, its chief executive has confirmed.

Millions of VW brand cars will be affected by the refit Credit: PA Wire

Matthias Mueller told a meeting of senior VW managers that its customers would be asked to have illegal software modified "in the next few days", Reuters reported.

"We are facing a long trudge and a lot of hard work," Mr Mueller said.

VW has admitted that 11 million of its diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with defeat device software which conned testers into believing their vehicles met environmental standards.

These include five million VW brand cars, 2.1 million Audis, 1.8 million VW commercial vehicles, 1.2 million Skodas and 700,000 SEAT vehicles.

Steelworkers set to learn 1,700 job redundancy details

Steelworkers at a plant due for closure with the loss of 1,700 jobs will be handed details of redundancy at a meeting later.

Iron and steelmaking at the giant Redcar plant on Teesside is being shut down after Thai owner SSI said it had no other choice because of plummeting steel prices.

Steelworkers set to learn 1,700 job redundancy details. Credit: PA

Steel from Redcar helped build the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Wembley Stadium and Canary Wharf in London, Roy Ruckhuss, leader of the Community union said, adding: "Warm words and platitudes from the Government are not enough - we need action now."

A task force to help those facing redundancy has been set up by the Government.


Lights at steel plant will go out unless buyer is found

The lights could go out for good at the 98-year-old Redcar steel plant if a buyer is not found in the next week.

After that unless someone takes it over or the government step in, it will be no more, resulting in the loss of thousands of jobs in the region.

ITV News North of England Correspondent Damon Green reports:

1.2m Skoda cars fitted with emissions cheat device

Skoda have said 1.2m of its cars are fitted with emissions-cheating software Credit: Reuters

Skoda have said 1.2m of its cars are fitted with emissions-cheating software that allowed parent company VW to cheat US emissions tests.

It comes after Audi, another parent company of VW, said 2.1m of its models are fitted with the software

VW has said a total of 11 million cars from the multi-brand group are affected.

Redcar MP shows support for steel workers on T-shirt

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The MP for Redcar has shown her support for 1,700 steel workers set to lose their jobs in the region as she spoke at the Labour party conference.

Anna Turley wore a T-shirt emblazoned with the words "Save Our Steel".

She described the job losses as "devastating for the community" and vowed to "do everything she can" to drum up support from the unions and government to help those affected.

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