Unite the union has responded with concern to the emerging news that Tata steel is looking to break up its remaining UK operations as it continues to seek a buyer for its businesses.
According to the union, the country’s biggest manufacturing trade union, this is a breach of the assurances that the company gave the unions and their members, and to the UK government, earlier this year when the company pledged to act as a responsible seller.
Unite also said that the mounting uncertainty about Tata’s sale plans and media briefings are only deepening the horrific uncertainty for the workforce and their families.
Harish Patel, Unite national officer for metals, said: “We are extremely concerned that Tata appears to be walking away from its commitments to this workforce, which is to keep the business together and act as a responsible seller.
“Furthermore, for our members to discover that Tata is pursuing an alternative options through the media and not through the proper channels is appalling. This workforce has been through enough trauma and uncertainty without their fates and that of their communities being communicated via briefings to the media.
“Tata now needs to come clean about its plans for the remainder of its UK businesses. The company has made promises to this workforce and to the UK people. The company must not renege on these.”
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Unite is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with over 1.4 million members across the economy. The union’s general secretary is Len McCluskey.