900 jobs to go at Tata Steel

900 jobs are to be axed at Tata Steel's Scunthorpe site. The losses are among around 1200 job cuts announced by Tata Steel today.

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Tata Steel: Union's hope of future for workers

Union leaders say they are hopeful there IS a future for the steel industry in the UK, with today's announcement that Tata Steel is in exclusive talks with Greybull Capital for the potential sale of its Long Products business, based mainly in Scunthorpe.

While planned redundancies would still go ahead, it would mean more than 3000 jobs at the site would be saved. Here's Paul Mc Bean from the Community Union


Tata to press ahead with cuts following union consultancy

Tata Steel are to press ahead with an expected 900 job cuts, after unions were unable to find viable ways to restructure the business.

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A consultancy group were called in to examine aid in trying to find a way to reduce the number of cuts - but were unable to make recommendations Tata found workable.

However, Tata say they are still in a period of consultancy, and exploring all options:

"The bar business has been underperforming in the face of commodity-grade steel being un-fairly traded in the UK, the strong pound and high energy costs. This led to a decision, after examining all the options, of refocussing on higher-value markets which can help the company reduce its losses and turn the corner to profitability in the future

"While Tata Steel is thankful of the work done by the Trade Unions via their consultants, Syndex, none of the recommendations proposed would have given us the solid base required to ensure we can continue to employ around 1,500 people in South Yorkshire as we continue to operate against strong market headwinds.

"We continue to work closely with potentially affected employees and their trade union representatives."

– Tata Steel

Support from steel workers across the country

People from areas in Yorkshire, Wales, Scotland and Teesside also hit by steel closures joined in today's march in Scunthorpe.

Tata Steel has announced that 900 jobs are likely to go at its plant in the town. A petition has been handed to North Lincolnshire Council asking for a reduction in business rates for the site. The industry blames cheap Chinese imports for a collapse in steel prices. Here's Paul Mc Bean from the Community Union.

Hundreds take part in steel march

Hundreds gather for march

Hundreds of steelworkers are staging a protest march through Scunthorpe. Nine hundred jobs are under threat at the Tata steel plant there and workers, union officials and MP's are walking through the town to the Civic Centre. They will then present a petition signed by 5,000 people calling on the local authority to cut the £15 million fifteen annual rates bill faced by the company.

Save Our Steel

Steelworkers to march on Scunthorpe

Steel workers in Scunthorpe will take to the town's streets to protest at the industry's current plight.

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'Save Our Steel' say they want to highlight the difficulties the steel industry is facing in the weeks after it was announced TATA Steel would be cutting almost 900 jobs at the town's plant.

The company say the cuts had to be made in the face of a flooded market.


Labour leader to visit Scunthorpe steel plant

Jeremy Corbyn will visit Scunthorpe today Credit: Press Association

Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Business Secretary Angela Eagle will visit Tata Steel in Scunthorpe today.

The pair will meet with management at the site, and take a tour of the section of the factory that is set to be mothballed.

They will also meet with a group of steelworkers whose jobs are under threat after the announcement that 900 jobs are set to go at the plant.

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