Commenting on reports today (18th September 2015) that SSI UK have paused production at the Teesside plant, Tom Blenkinsop said:
“My immediate thoughts are with those workers at South Bank Coke Ovens which has been mothballed with immediate effect. This was initially in the pipeline for March 2016. I know unions will be working closely with those workers to offer all the support they can but my heart goes out to those workers and their families.
“As far as I am concerned the ball remains in play to secure a viable future for steel production in Redcar and Teesside.
“Undeniably, the situation at the steelworks remains critical and obviously there are many questions that need to be answered by SSI following their announcement – particularly in terms of duration for this course of action.
“In the meantime, I can only echo my calls yesterday for Government intervention into this crisis.”