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.
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 is planning to sell its Long Products division, which employs 6,500 workers at sites including Scunthorpe, Teesside and Scotland, the company announced today.
Tata Steel will cut 40 jobs at its plant on Teesside, mostly in management and administrative roles. The Thai firm is also cutting 90 jobs in Working and 394 in Scunthorpe. It said the demand for steel in the construction industry in the UK is half the level of 2007.
Tata Steel plans to cut up to 500 jobs in Scunthorpe, Workington and Teesside because of weak demand in the construction industry, the company said today.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.