More British jobs make way for the flood of cheap imported steel from the Far East – unsurprisingly, given the lack of support for UK industry from the Conservative Government.
Has anybody questioned the quality of the steel we’re getting from abroad?
How is it being used, and how long will it last?
Perhaps none of that matters to our corner-cutting city spivs but This Writer, at least, has concerns about safety.
Tata Steel has confirmed it plans to cut 1,050 jobs in the UK, including 750 at Port Talbot, the UK’s biggest steelworks.
The firm said 100 jobs would go across mills in Trostre, Corby and Hartlepool, along with 200 support jobs.
The plans are a result of falling European steel prices “caused by a flood of cheap imports, particularly from China”, Tata said.
It comes on top of hundreds of other UK job cuts announced by Tata last year.
Trade unions and industry officials urged the government to give the UK steel industry immediate help and take action against Chinese steel imports, which they said were being sold at artificially low prices.
Source: Tata Steel confirms 1,050 job cuts – BBC News
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Come on Mike, the Tories know the cost of everything and the value of nothing. If it’s cheap enough it’s acceptable.
Tata have also closed/moth-balled 2 steel plants in Scotland. The government have had a task force in place since the announcement, looking for a buyer and supporting the workforce. There is a prospective buyer at the moment and the government has put in £195,000 to keep the workforce on standby, as well as protecting apprenticeships. Are any similar workforce protection measures being taken at the other Tata sites?
Tata could’ve been saved, Italy stepped in to save their steel industry, these useless, posh arseclowns had no intention of stepping in to help, they don’t care as it’s working class, all based outside London and will be getting kickbacks to let all the cheap, foreign steel flood the country!
Am I right thinking that TATA is actually owned by the Chinese? If so, Cameron ought to be raging at them and slapping some heavy import duties on Chinese steel… which *is* actually an inferior product according to my neighbour. But I’m sure that a few years ago, TATA was given subsidies, or ‘incentives’ to keep production in Port Talbot.
There will be no industry at all left in the UK soon if this sort of thing carries on. But Cameron wants us to develop even more trade with China?
It’s an Indian company.
i’d be very dubious about any foreign steel being used in any major building projects in this country because of safety issues.
H2S……………sorry, HS2? Could you imagine the consequences of marrying cheap steel and high-speed rail?
The tories seldom help our industries, except the privatised ones such as the railways.
Yes – pumping public money into private bank accounts.
I worked on a school in St Helens and the steel work buckled under the weight of the concrete floor, how it got passed god knows and i’m not confident it will stay up either. There is steel and there is Steel.
Think this wholesale loss of jobs is probably a very good reason to introduce a ‘citizens wage’ although I can here the furore it would cause from here. ( dont like ‘citizen’ as we live with a queen as Head of State and as such we are subjects)
You accept the title subject if you want Christine, I have never considered myself a subject of this unelected tyrant and never will.
Sadly this is CaMorons attempt to emulate the dreams of his goddess and mentor Thatcher. This old witch was hell bent on the destruction of British industry and CaMoron, the fool, is just continuing her failed policies.