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400 Scottish steelworkers face axe in Tata cutback

DalzellAbout 400 steelworkers in Scotland are bracing themselves for job losses as Tata is expected to announce savage cutbacks.

A further 800 in Scunthorpe are understood to be in line for the chop.

The Dalzell and Clydebridge works in Scotland represent the last of remnants of a once thriving steel industry.

In a statement the company said: “We’ve been talking about the challenges we’re facing in the UK for many months – surging imports, compounded by the strong pound and uncompetitive policy costs.

“We’ve made a number of structural changes to our UK business over the last months and years to make us more competitive. Like all companies we continue to review the performance of our business.”

Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, the steelworkers union, said: “Clearly this is extremely worrying news for all those who may be affected.

“We’ll be seeking further discussions with Tata Steel to understand the full detail, examine alternatives that may safeguard jobs and uphold our principle of opposing compulsory redundancies.”

If confirmed, it will be another blow to an industry that once employed tens of thousands in in England, Wales and Scotland and formed the background of British industry.

The union said it would be seeking a meeting with the Scottish government as a matter of urgency to discuss what support they can offer to Tata Steel’s Scottish steel mills at Dalzell and Clydebridge.

John Cridland, CBI Director-General, said: “Developments at steelworks in Scunthorpe and Scotland are devastating, particularly for those who have lost their jobs and the wider local community.

“To secure the future of our industrial base the Government needs to work in partnership with businesses on a long-term industrial strategy.

“It should also act to guard against excess market supply, support industry by removing plant and machinery from business rates calculations, and secure lower costs for energy intensive industries to help make steelmakers more competitive in the global marketplace.”

 

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