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."
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