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Tata Steel plans to axe 1,000 UK steel jobs to ‘safeguard’ firm’s future

Fears for future: Tata Steel plant PICTURE: REX

TATA STEEL plans to cut up to 1,000 jobs in the UK as part of a new business ‘transformation’.

The proposals will see up to 3,000 employees made redundant across Europe, of which two-thirds will be office-based or management roles, the company said.

Tata has a steel-making plant in Port Talbot, south Wales, and employs 8,500 people across the UK.

Up to 1,600 job losses are also expected in the Netherlands and 350 elsewhere in the world.

Tata said the move was designed to ‘safeguard its long-term future’ and ‘build a financially strong and sustainable European business’.

The company had previously stated there would be no plant closures in the UK – but concerns over job losses were raised by unions.

Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of the Community union, accused bosses of ‘managing decline’ after the collapse of a proposed merger with Thyssenkrupp. ‘It shows a complete and utter contempt for the workforce as we told them that their plans are ill-thought-out, badly conceived and need to be revisited,’ he added.

Henrik Adam, head of Tata Steel in Europe, said he was ‘very proud to see the dedication of everyone in this business’.

He added: ‘Change creates uncertainty, but we cannot afford to stand still as a company.’

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: ‘While this is a commercial decision for Tata Steel Europe, we are monitoring the situation closely and remain in regular contact with the company, unions and other partners throughout this process.’