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SSI steelworkers awarded compensation

SSI Steelworks Credit: ITV News

Former SSI steelworkers have been awarded a share of £6.25 million by an employment judge over lack of consultation when their plant in Redcar closed, according to the Community Union

A spokesperson says workers who were part of Community's claim will now receive from the government's Redundancy Payments Office their share of the award up to a maximum of 8 weeks’ pay, subject to statutory limits and deductions.

The headline figure would have been over £14m, but because SSI are bankrupt workers will only get the share that the Government pays.

A handful of the workers in Community's claim will need to await the outcome of the case being pursued by Unite.

There was no consultation which complied with specific requirements.

There wasn't any point in bringing a claim against SSI as, I take it, there is no money."

– Tribunal Judge Jeremy Hargrove

This is a deserved victory for our SSI members and it is only right and proper that the Tribunal found in our favour because of the way these workers were treated.

As the lead union in the claim the diligent preparation and hard work of our team of staff and lawyers has been rewarded today and our members will get what they are entitled to. This demonstrates the value of trade union membership.

However, as we have said before, this small victory will not compensate for the devastation from the end of steel making.

Today's judgement is not an end just a moment of welcome good news. In the coming days we will be supporting our members to access their share of the claim. Beyond that our work continues to secure a better future for the steel community on Teesside."

– Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community


First meeting of the Steel Council

The first Steel Council will meet today with government ministers, UK Steel and other representatives and trade unions, to stand up for the future of the industry.

The meeting will look at how to address long-term issues for the steel sector and propose steps to protect producers.

The GMB union says steel industry is vital to the UK, directly employing almost 18,000 people in production and contributing around £9.5bn to the economy.

Last year the SSI plant in Redcar shut with the loss of almost 2,000 jobs.

2016 must be 'Teesside's time to rise and rebuild'

Redcar is preparing to spend Christmas without the fire of a blast furnace to warm its economy after the closure of SSI.

But a rallying call has gone out from local politicians, campaigners and redundant steel workers as the community vows to fight on.

Gregg Easteal reports:


SSI jobs fair being held at Riverside Stadium

Boro fans' support for Teesside steelworkers Credit: Paul Harrow photography

More than 80 companies and training providers are headlining the latest jobs and skills fair to help former SSI and supply chain workers find new employment and retraining opportunities.

Middlesbrough Football Club's Riverside Stadium will host the jobs and skills fair between 10am and 3pm today.

Meanwhile steelworkers from across the UK will be travelling to the original 'Steel City' - Sheffield - for a Save our Steel march later

They will be joined by their families and other members of the steelworkers' union, Community.

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