Steel cri­sis grows as Tata axes 1,200 jobs

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FEARS about fresh job losses in the steel industry have been con­firmed af­ter Tata an­nounced plans to cut 1,200 posts.

Around 900 jobs will be cut from the firm’s gi­ant plant in Scun­thorpe.

An­other 270 jobs will go in Scot­land and a small num­ber in other sites.

Tata said the cuts were in re­sponse to a shift in mar­ket con­di­tions caused by a “flood” of cheap im­ports, par­tic­u­larly from China, a strong pound and high elec­tric­ity prices.

The lat­est bad news fol­lows the an­nounce­ment that the Thai own­ers of the Red­car steel­works on Teesside, SSI, had gone into liq­ui­da­tion with the loss of 2,200 jobs.

Then Ca­paro went into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Karl Koehler, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Tata Steel’s Euro­pean op­er­a­tions, said: “I re­alise how dis­tress­ing this news will be for all those af­fected.

“We have looked at all other op­tions be­fore propos­ing th­ese changes.

“We will work closely with af­fected em­ploy­ees and their trade union rep­re­sen­ta­tives. We will look to re­de­ploy em­ploy­ees, wher­ever pos­si­ble, and min­imise em­ployee hard­ship.

“The UK steel industry is strug­gling for sur­vival in the face of ex­tremely chal­leng­ing mar­ket con­di­tions.”

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