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Government under fire as Redcar coke ovens and blast furnace to shut

The coke ovens and blast furnace at SSI steel works plant in Redcar, Teesside, are to close, as no viable offers have been put forward by potential buyers, the firm's official receiver has said.

The government has come under fire from MPs, local councillors and union leaders, who accuse ministers of failing to act to save the plant.

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Steelworkers set to learn 1,700 job redundancy details

Steelworkers at a plant due for closure with the loss of 1,700 jobs will be handed details of redundancy at a meeting later.

Iron and steelmaking at the giant Redcar plant on Teesside is being shut down after Thai owner SSI said it had no other choice because of plummeting steel prices.

Steelworkers set to learn 1,700 job redundancy details. Credit: PA

Steel from Redcar helped build the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Wembley Stadium and Canary Wharf in London, Roy Ruckhuss, leader of the Community union said, adding: "Warm words and platitudes from the Government are not enough - we need action now."

A task force to help those facing redundancy has been set up by the Government.

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