Eleven former steelworkers have been getting to grips with new skills after one of Teesside's biggest employers made thousands redundant.Read the full story ›
The SSI Task Force, set up after the closure of the Redcar steel plant, holds its first evening Jobs Fair today.Read the full story ›
In the immediate aftermath of Redcar's SSI steelworks closing a special task force was set up to help get people back into work.
Its latest report appears to show many have found new jobs.
But it's also been revealed many of those who have found alternative employment are struggling financially.
Rachel Bullock reports:
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Former SSI steelworkers have been awarded a share of £6.25 million by an employment judge over lack of consultation when their plant in Redcar closed, according to the Community Union
A spokesperson says workers who were part of Community's claim will now receive from the government's Redundancy Payments Office their share of the award up to a maximum of 8 weeks’ pay, subject to statutory limits and deductions.
The headline figure would have been over £14m, but because SSI are bankrupt workers will only get the share that the Government pays.
A handful of the workers in Community's claim will need to await the outcome of the case being pursued by Unite.
There was no consultation which complied with specific requirements.
There wasn't any point in bringing a claim against SSI as, I take it, there is no money."
This is a deserved victory for our SSI members and it is only right and proper that the Tribunal found in our favour because of the way these workers were treated.
As the lead union in the claim the diligent preparation and hard work of our team of staff and lawyers has been rewarded today and our members will get what they are entitled to. This demonstrates the value of trade union membership.
However, as we have said before, this small victory will not compensate for the devastation from the end of steel making.
Today's judgement is not an end just a moment of welcome good news. In the coming days we will be supporting our members to access their share of the claim. Beyond that our work continues to secure a better future for the steel community on Teesside."
The first Steel Council will meet today with government ministers, UK Steel and other representatives and trade unions, to stand up for the future of the industry.
The meeting will look at how to address long-term issues for the steel sector and propose steps to protect producers.
The GMB union says steel industry is vital to the UK, directly employing almost 18,000 people in production and contributing around £9.5bn to the economy.
Last year the SSI plant in Redcar shut with the loss of almost 2,000 jobs.