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Tata Steel goes to ACAS to try to solve dispute

Tata Steel UK goes to ACAS to try to solve pension dispute Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Tata Steel UK says it's approached the conciliation service ACAS to try to resolve a pension dispute wth its workforce.

The company has sites across the North East, at Hartlepool, Skinningrove, Lackenby, Darlington, York and Blaydon.

A one day strike is planned for later this month. Tata says it's facing a projected shortfall of more than £2 billion pounds this year. The Unite union says it's provoking the biggest crisis in the steel industry for a generation.

Teesside steel workers vote to strike

The plant in Redcar was mothballed but then relit in 2012. Credit: PA

Tata steel workers on Teesside have voted for strike action in a row over pensions.

Unite the union accused the company's management of being on the verge of provoking the biggest crisis in the steel industry for a generation.

Other unions had already voted for action.

A spokesman for Tata Steel said they were disappointed with the outcome, were facing a projected shortfall this year of more than £2 billion and hoped new measure announced soon would be considered carefully.


Tata Steel to cut jobs because of fall in demand for steel

"European steel demand this year is expected to be only two-thirds of pre-crisis levels after falls in the past two years.

"On top of the challenging economic conditions, rules covering energy and the environment in Europe and the UK threaten to impose huge additional costs on the steel industry.

"As difficult as the proposed changes are, they are intended to build a stronger future by enabling the Long Products business to compete in even the current challenging economic and regulatory conditions."

– Karl Koehler, Chief Executive of Tata Steel Europe


Tata Steel decreases business value

Tata Steel, which employs around 1500 people on Teesside and County Durham, has written down the value of its European business by a billion pounds.

The Indian-based firm has blamed the devaluation on weak markets and a falling demand for steel across Europe.

The Tata Steel site in Hartlepool Credit: ITV News

Tata employs workers in Darlington, Skinningrove, Hartlepool and Redcar.

The firm is expected to comment further on the move when it reveals its annual financial results later this month.

Tata Steel announces new North East apprenticeships

Tata Steel has launched a new nationwide search for apprentices - including at its Teesside and Hartlepool sites - which will create over twenty apprenticeships in the North East.

Tata Steel are creating over 20 new apprenticeships across the region Credit: ITV News

Eight new apprenticeships will be created at the Teesside plant, with a further eight positions at Skinningrove and six in Hartlepool.

The apprenticeships, beginning in September, will offer young people the chance to train for three years in both mechanical and electrical skills at Tata Steel.

Applications will be open until 17 March. For more information on how you can apply, click here.

MP reacts to steel job cuts

Tom Blenkinsop MP – who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Steel and Related Industry – described today job cuts at Tata Steel as “very bad news for manufacturing in the UK”.

The proposed changes are expected to lead to a net loss of 900 jobs in the UK, including 90 in Hartlepool and 14 on Tyneside, however, 60 jobs will be created on Teesside.

“Clearly this is devastating news for the workers and their families, particularly at this time of year approaching the festive season. I understand Community Union officials are talking with the company urging there to be no compulsory redundancies and that training and support will be offered to those who lose their jobs."

“As Chair of the APPG on Steel and Related Industry I’m currently in the process of arranging an emergency meeting to raise our concerns over this latest news."

– Tom Blenkinsop MP
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