Tata Steel UK must now ‘power ahead’ with its promised investment into Port Talbot and its supply chain, Britain’s largest union, Unite said today (Tuesday 1 August), as it welcomed the completion of Tata’s 42-inch and 84-inch submerged arc welded (SAW) pipe mills to Liberty House Group.
Today’s sale completion will see about 140 workers manufacturing pipelines for gas and oil projects around the world in Hartlepool transfer to Liberty House, while the 20-inch tube mill, also in Hartlepool and employing 270 people, will remain part of Tata Steel.
The announcement, which ends months of uncertainty for workers, also sees a commitment from Tata Steel to strengthen the 20-inch mill by investing £1 million to increase its capability to make high-strength tubes.
Commenting Unite national officer Tony Brady said: “Today’s sale completion represents a fresh start and ends a great deal of uncertainty for a world class workforce.
“It is in no small part down to their hard work and efficiency that Tata has been able to find a reputable buyer and committed to further investment in its 20-inch mill.
“Unite looks forward to working with Liberty House to ensure the new business goes from strength to strength. Tata Steel must power ahead with its promise of investment into its Port Talbot plant and its associated sites to give workers the security they deserve.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.