Britain’s biggest manufacturing union, Unite, said it looked forward to working closely with Liberty House to secure the future of advanced steelmaking in the UK.
It followed today’s (Thursday 9 February) announcement that Tata Steel has signed an agreement to sell its Speciality Steels business to Liberty House Group for £100 million.
The business employs 1,700 workers making products for the aerospace, automotive and oil and gas industries, and has several sites in South Yorkshire.
Commenting on the agreement Unite national officer Tony Brady said: “This is a welcome step which will begin to provide a degree of stability for our members in the speciality steels business.
“The workforce makes some of the most advanced steel in the world and has worked hard to secure the business’s future. Unite is looking forward to working with Liberty to gain a greater understanding of its plans for the future of the business and ensure that it continues to go from strength to strength.
“Tata Steel must now focus its energies on delivering on its promises to the remainder of its workforce. Government ministers still have a role to play by ensuring UK steel is the beating heart of its industrial strategy and is used in all major infrastructure and defence projects.”
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.