CORUS STEEL bosses offered hope last week to workers they have earmarked for job cuts, then brutally tore away that hope the same day. After meeting the ISTC union and trade secretary Stephen Byers, Corus made some noises about accepting possible plans for retraining and part time working which could temporarily keep some of the 6,000 on the payroll. But company chiefs then briefed the financial press saying, "We've heard nothing that changes our mind about the size of job cuts or the timescale." A company spokesman also told the Observer that if there were jobs to be saved they would be on Teesside, not in Wales, "because the Welsh are less likely to strike".
ISTC leaders are wrong to have shelved the plans for a strike ballot. They should be campaigning for a strike now across Britain.