Unite is calling for urgent action from the UK government to support the UK steel industry following news that Tata is working towards the sale of Tata Steel Netherlands to Swedish Steelmaker SSAB.

The deal excludes Tata’s UK steel plants which it will retain meaning that Port Talbot will now be the only steel making plant left within Tata’s European business.

Tony Brady Unite National Officer for steel said:

“Today’s news effectively means that Tata’s European steel business will now be based solely in the UK. With Brexit fast approaching it is essential that Tata’s UK steel business is able to continue trading effectively across the European Union. This means that it is crucial that the UK comes to a trade agreement with the EU in the coming weeks. The UK government have told us that Brexit will be good for Britain and British jobs, they must deliver on that promise.

"Alongside this there must be a determination from Westminster to pull out all the stops to help ensure Tata’s British steel plants prosper into the future. If the government wants to retain steelmaking capacity in the UK it can no longer stand on the sidelines watching. The UK steel sector needs a broad and long term strategic commitment from central government, which needs to include a considerable financial investment.

"Our ability to manufacture and produce steel must be viewed as a core component of the UK’s industrial future. The sector provides thousands of good jobs in communities across Wales and the UK. This is a pivotal moment, the time to act decisively to preserve these jobs for future generations is now.”


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