Unions call for swift ac­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Union bosses this week called for ac­tion to save the crip­pled UK steel industry.

Com­ment in g af­ter the an­nounce­ment that Tata is to end pro­duc­tion at Dalzell and Cly­de­bridge, Gra­hame Smith, Scot­tish Trades Union Congress (STUC) Gen­eral Sec­re­tary said:“This an­nounce­ment is a crush­ing blow for the work­force and the com­mu­ni­ties of Cam­bus­lang and Mother­well.

“While we wel­come the de­ci­sion to moth­ball the plants, it is es­sen­tial that the UK and Scot­tish Gov­ern­ments now re­spond with the speed and grav­ity the sit­u­a­tion de­mands.

“The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment must work with the Tata and the trade unions to pro­vide a pack­age of as­sis­tance to sus­tain jobs and the skills base whilst a strat­egy for the sec­tor’s fu­ture de­vel­op­ment is agreed and im­ple­mented,” he said.

Re­spond­ing to the an­nounce­ment, Roy Rick­huss, Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of steel union Com­mu­nity, which rep­re­sents the ma­jor­ity of work­ers af­fected said: “Our im­me­di­ate thoughts are with the work­ers and their fam­i­lies who will be af­fected by this an­nounce­ment.

“Com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be look­ing to sit down with the com­pany, to un­der­stand the de­tail and to look at all al­ter­na­tives that save jobs and up­hold our prin­ci­ple of no com­pul­sory re­dun­dan­cies.

“The gov­ern­ment should hang its head in shame at to­day’s news. The cruel irony of the Prime Min­is­ter wel­com­ing the Chi­nese Pre­mier as UK steel jobs are cut partly due to Chi­nese steel dump­ing will not be lost on the UK’s steel­work­ers and their com­mu­ni­ties.

“UK steel mak­ing is on its knees but I know that steel­work­ers across the UK are de­ter­mined to fight for their fu­ture for the sake of their jobs, their fam­i­lies and their com­mu­ni­ties.

“There is also a role for the Scot­tish gov­ern­ment to en­sure that to­day’s news does not sig­nal the be­gin­ning of the end of Scot­land’s steel her­itage and that they hon­our the com­mit­ments they gave over the week­end to in­ter­vene in the in­ter­ests of steel mak­ing in Scot­land.”

Still hope Derek Fearon, sec­re­tary of Cly­de­bridge 02 branch of Com­mu­nity trade union hopes a so­lu­tion to the cri­sis can be found

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