Scunthorpe union leaders call for steel plant staff to be added to Government's list of key workers

Union leaders have raised concerns about safety-critical operations at steelworks and called for those in essential roles to be added to the Government's list of key workers during the coronavirus crisis.

Community said the Scunthorpe and Port Talbot steelworks both have operations using dangerous substances as well as obligations to prevent major accidents.

The union argues primary end operations such as blast furnaces and steel making at both sites need to be properly manned to ensure the plants can run safely.

Tata Steelworks, Scunthorpe. Credit: PA

General secretary Roy Rickhuss called on the Government to urgently review its position. He said:

You can find out more about which jobs are on the Government's key workers list here: