The MP for Stockton North, Alex Cunningham, says Air Products have assured him that their decision to pause work on the TV2 energy plant is specifically that - a pause - and that the plant will still be built utilising local contractors and labour.
But he says he is concerned about how long it will take for Air Products to restart work on the project.
GMB, the union for engineering construction workers, has responded to the decision by Air Products to suspend construction of the second energy from waste project (TV2) at Seal Sands on Teesside.
This is yet another crushing blow for the workers on Teesside. Seven weeks away from Christmas 700 workers are told they are no longer required.
This project was being built by the client Air Products who decided to also undertake the role of Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) management. It was duly signed up to category 1 of the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction industry (NAECI). It is 75% completed with excellent productivity and very good Industrial relations.
The problems seemed to be in a technology failure on the previous Tees Valley 1 plant which was constructed for Air Products next door by EPC company Foster Wheeler Energy.
All workers on site were told due to the problems with the TV 1 project that all work would now stop on TV 2 and they were that as of 1.30pm today (5th Novembers) they were finished on the project.
GMB are in talks with Air Products to try to resolve this appalling situation, where due to no fault of their own members have been dismissed with no prior consultation regarding the disastrous situation with the technological problems on the site."
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Caparo workers in Hartlepool told ITV News Tyne Tees that they have lost their jobs with immediate effect. Our correspondent Frances Read is at the site, awaiting official confirmation.
Workers at Caparo in Hartlepool tell me they've lost their jobs with immediate effect - still waiting for confirmation from Caparo itself.
"On Monday 19 October, Administrators from PwC, were appointed to 16 companies within the Caparo Industries Group.
Following their appointment the Administrators have worked closely with customers, suppliers, employees and their representatives, including three trade unions who represent the Caparo Industries Group workforce.
Today, a trading and administration update is being provided to employees and their representatives across those businesses in the Caparo Industries Group over which PwC are appointed.
No further comment will be made until that update has been provided to all of the employees.
A further announcement will be provided later today."
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