Commenting on today’s (23rd November 2012) news that 900 jobs are to be lost as part of a restructuring process by Tata Steel, Tom Blenkinsop MP – who chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on Steel and Related Industry – described it as “very bad news for manufacturing in the UK”.
The proposed changes are expected to lead to a net loss of 900 jobs in the UK, including 580 in South Wales, 155 in Yorkshire, 120 in the West Midlands and 30 in Teesside.
“Clearly this is devastating news for the workers and their families, particularly at this time of year approaching the festive season. I understand Community Union officials are talking with the company urging there to be no compulsory redundancies and that training and support will be offered to those who lose their jobs.
“As Chair of the APPG on Steel and Related Industry I’m currently in the process of arranging an emergency meeting to raise our concerns over this latest news, but also the failure of the Government’s to push for manufacturing and infrastructure jobs that is directly impacting on steel production in the UK that has seen the steepest fall in demand compared to any other major European Economy.
“I’m all too familiar with the impact such job losses can have on communities – particular when that industry has been part of an area for many years. My thoughts are with those workers who will now find themselves out of work through no fault of their own.”