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Steel workers - sacked before Christmas with no fightback in sight

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2484

The mass steel job losses announced by Tata Steel in October are beginning.

At the Dalzell and Clydebridge works in Lanarkshire 70 workers are to be laid off before Christmas.

In Scunthorpe, north Lincolnshire, workers facing the sack were invited to a jobs fair on Thursday of this week.

Some 900 job losses are underway at the steel works. And local contractors announced over 700 job losses in recent weeks as a knock-on effect.

Tata also confirmed plans for another round of job cuts in spring—the majority in Rotherham.

The past week has seen positive headlines about new buyers saving steel jobs.

The Gupta family has bought many of the bankrupt Caparo group’s businesses, limiting job losses.

And there is speculation of private equity groups buying Tata’s “long products” division—including much of Scunthorpe. Bosses say they will shut the division if it doesn’t sell.

But a new buyer is no guarantee. With bosses desperate to sell and industry profit rates low there is every chance of vultures looking to asset strip the carcass.

Nationalisation could still save jobs. But the union leaders have so far refused to lead the sort of fight that could make that happen.

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