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Tom Blenkinsop: Boulby job losses adding to "industry crisis on Teesside"

The MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland has said that the news of job losses at the Boulby Potash mine adds to the 'crisis' that Teesside is currently facing.

My heart really goes out to our East Cleveland miners at Boulby. We must keep them and their families first and foremost. To be informed you may be losing your job is a devastating process to go through, and especially in the lead up to Christmas.

There is never a good time to be given this news but we are fast approaching one of the most stressful parts of the year so I will be working with Unite and GMB trade unions and will support whatever John Chilton and his fellow union reps want to do going forward.

“This news compounds the crisis industry on Teesside is facing. Thousands of jobs have been lost in the past couple of months and the Government needs to seriously reassess how it will stop this terminal decline. I will also be seeking an urgent question in this matter on Monday morning in the House of Commons."

– Tom Blenkinsop

Hundreds of jobs to go at Boulby Potash in Cleveland

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Hundreds of jobs are to go at Boulby Potash Mine in East Cleveland, the company has confirmed this morning.

Cleveland Potash is Europe's deepest potash mine and produces and supplies potash fertilisers for agriculture and industry.

It employs around 1,100 people and today's announcement has said that 350 jobs are to go immediately.

Consultation has begun on 220 job losses amongst its employees and there will be a reduction of 140 contractor numbers.

The company unveiled a "significant restructuring" of its operations including moving from producing potash to polysulphate fertiliser.

Peter Smith, executive vice president, said the restructuring, although "painful", was vital to secure the future of ICL UK as a viable business.

In recent months we encountered geological problems which have affected previously high-yielding areas of the mine. In addition, our exploration programme, validated by independent consultants, confirmed further geological difficulties, which means that we have only a very limited level of economically feasible potash reserves

– Peter Smith

Around 2,000 jobs were lost on Teesside earlier this year with the liquidation of SSI.

65 Jobs to go in Guisborough

Guisborough Foundry is to close by the end of November with the loss of 65 jobs.

Staff at the foundry, which is run by US firm ESCO Corporation, were told the news yesterday.

“I am extremely disappointed at this announcement. This closure will be a huge loss for East Cleveland and my priority will be to support those employees who have been hit by this announcement any way I can.

“Since hearing the news I have written to the firm offering whatever assistance I can give to help the workforce. We cannot write off any possibility at this moment, and I'll be making my own enquiries into how we can help in conjunction with the workforces elected trade union representatives. It is vital that we ensure that opportunities are provided for the retraining of the employees, so that they will have a chance to apply for jobs elsewhere.”

– Tom Blenkinsop MP


Family tribute after seven-year-old boy dies in Boosbeck crash

“He used to like to make things out of cardboard boxes and plastic bottles and he used to like colouring.”

– Braden, Nathan brother.

"Love you and miss you Nathan and we will never forget you. Lots of love from your big brothers Braden and Ryan.

"What we shall miss most of all is having you around to play football with and also you making things, that you always loved to do.

Bye and God bless you brother. Miss you terribly. Let the angels take care of you now little man.

Love Ryan and Braden.

– Ryan and Braden, Nathan's brothers.

A 22-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the incident has been bailed pending further inquires.

Mother's tribute after boy, 7, dies in Boosbeck crash

"Nathan was a beautiful, happy, cute little boy, who was always very full of life and was loved by everyone.

"He was very bright and loved going to school. He adored all his family, friends and teachers and got along with all the people he knew and will be very sadly missed.

"He was loved by everyone who knew him, his friends, family and teachers. It is a very difficult time for all the family and all the people in the villages of Lingdale, Boosbeck and surrounding areas whose hearts he touched.

"We as a family would like to say a special thank you to all who paid a special tribute for a special little boy by putting down flowers, teddy bears and cards for Nathan.

"Nathan will always be loved. Gone but never forgotten, RIP mammy’s little soldier."

– Kelly, Nathan’s mother

Police name boy involved in fatal Boosbeck crash

Nathan Smith

Police have named a seven-year-old boy who died in a crash after he stepped off a bus.

Nathan Smith who lived in Lingdale was with his mother and sibling when the incident happened in Boosbeck, East Cleveland, last night, November 15.

He was rushed to hospital but died shortly afterwards.

A 22-year-old driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

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