Min­is­ters crit­i­cised as Bri­tish Steel cuts 400 jobs

Yorkshire Post - - POLITICS & ECONOMY -

BRI­TISH STEEL is plan­ning to cut 400 jobs in coun­tries in­clud­ing the UK un­der moves to se­cure a “sus­tain­able fu­ture”, the com­pany has an­nounced.

Man­age­rial, pro­fes­sional and ad­min­is­tra­tive roles will be af­fected, but the firm said no clo­sures were be­ing con­sid­ered un­der plans which must now be put to con­sul­ta­tion.

Bri­tish Steel em­ploys 4,000 work­ers in the UK, mainly in Scun­thorpe.

Unions said the an­nounce­ment was a “body blow”, while Scun­thorpe MP Nic Dakin said the news was “dev­as­tat­ing” for work­ers.

“They have taken a pay cut, seen their pen­sions change and worked hard to get Bri­tish Steel on its way,” the Labour MP said.

“Three years on from the height of the steel cri­sis the Con­ser­va­tive Gov­ern­ment hasn’t taken any steps to level the play­ing field for the UK steel in­dus­try.

“De­spite mas­sive good­will from the steel sec­tor there is still no sec­tor deal for steel in place.

“And the Gov­ern­ment is drag­ging its feet on im­prov­ing pub­lic pro­cure­ment, tack­ling un­equal en­ergy costs, tack­ling high business taxes and sup­port­ing cap­i­tal in­vest­ment.”

Sh­effield MP Gill Fur­niss, Shadow Steel Min­is­ter, said: “Work­ers at Bri­tish Steel fought against the odds to de­fend the com­pany’s fu­ture, even though the Gov­ern­ment has re­fused to prop­erly sup­port the in­dus­try.

“Work­ers will see this as an­other blow to an al­ready frag­ile sit­u­a­tion and will worry it’s a pre­lude to fur­ther job losses.”

A Business Depart­ment spokesman said the Gov­ern­ment “reg­u­larly en­gages with the steel sec­tor and is in con­tact with the com­pany and unions”, and would con­tinue to do so.

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