In response to the announcement by SSI UK that over 1,700 jobs are to be lost at their Redcar site. Tom Blenkinsop, Labour Member of Parliament for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Steel, said:
“My first thoughts are with the 1,700 workers, and their families, who have lost their jobs today.
“The steel industry on Teesside has proved it’s resilience in the past, but the Government must now step in to ensure that any mothball process is done properly to safeguard against any shortfalls which SSI may have and to ensure the site is in a suitable condition to be used again.
“As the Prime Minister said, in a response to my question, the Government must “do everything [it] can to keep steelmaking in Redcar” now is the time to prove that those words were more than an empty promise.
“I fear that local management have had their hands tied by the executive of SSI in Thailand, and the UK government must ensure that this is not the case.
“These redundancies are a huge blow but we’ve fought back from this position before. It is clear from all of the support over the last week: the vigil, the huge banner at the Boro match, local business putting up the ‘Save Our Steel’ posters; that the area will fight back to ensure steelmaking has a future on Teesside.”