Union bosses to meet Tata Steel over Port Talbot job losses

Posted on 11 Jan 2016 by Callum Bentley

The Community Union says it plans to meet with Tata Steel bosses this week as rumours of more job losses come to light at the steel maker's Port Talbot plant.

According to the BBC, hundreds of jobs are on the line with reports that up to a quarter workers at Port Talbot – the largest of Tata Steel’s UK sites – could face the axe.

Reacting to a slump in global steel prices, Tata Steel – which employs about 17,000 people in the UK, about 4,000 of which are employed at the Port Talbot site – is in the process of a wide-scale restructuring of the business.

Speaking with the BBC, a spokesperson for Community, the steelworkers union, commented: “These reports of potential job losses at Port Talbot should serve as a stark reminder of the ongoing steel crisis and the urgent need for government to deliver upon the agreed steps to protect this vital foundation industry.

“We need a level playing field for UK steel makers, especially on issues like business rates and energy costs.

“Community will be meeting with Tata Steel… to discuss these reports and how best we can build a sustainable steel industry together.”

In October, Tata Steel announced nearly 1,200 roles were to be axed in Scunthorpe and Lanarkshire.