Warn­ing that time is run­ning out for county steel­men

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Fears are grow­ing that Tata’s steel­works in Scot­land could close in weeks with the loss of the re­main­ing 300 jobs.

Fri­day was the fi­nal shift for 70 of the 365-strong work­force in Cam­bus­lang and Mother­well , with the rest set to leave by Jan­uary 23 un­less a new buyer is found.

First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon vowed to do ev­ery­thing in her power to save the plants but politi­cians and unions warned that time is run­ning out.

John Pent­land MSP, a for­mer steel­worker, said:“We’re con­tin­u­ally told that there are in­ter­ested par­ties but if there is, it’s time to start nam­ing names.

“If there’s a firm out there in­ter­ested, why don’t they come for­ward and give some Christ­mas cheer to the work­ers at Cly­de­bridge and Dalzell?”

But a Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment spokesman said:“Scot­tish En­ter­prise and Tata Steel have car­ried out an ex­ten­sive global search for an al­ter­na­tive op­er­a­tor and re­main in dis­cus­sion with some of the in­ter­ested par­ties.

“Spec­u­lat­ing about talks with in­ter­ested par­ties would not be help­ful.

“Th­ese must be held pri­vately to al­low for com­mer­cial due dili­gence to be un­der­taken.”

As­sis­tant gen­eral sec­re­tary John Park of steel­work­ers’union Com­mu­nity said:“With 70 peo­ple leav­ing Tata Steel, time is run­ning out to se­cure the long-term fu­ture of the Scot­tish steel in­dus­try.

“Thanks to the work of union ne­go­tia­tors, th­ese work­ers will be leav­ing with an en­hanced re­dun­dancy pack­age but we’re still fight­ing to make sure this isn’t the end.

He added:“Now, more than ever, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment must make good their prom­ise that they won’t let Scot­tish steel­mak­ing die.”

A meet­ing of the Scot­tish Steel Task Force is ex­pected to take place early in the new year.

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