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.
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