Tata Steel confirms 1,000 job cuts in United Kingdom

Updated: Nov 29, 2019, 07:49 IST | Agencies | London

"As part of the comprehensive set of proposals, Tata Steel Europe intends to lower employment costs," the firm said in a statement on Wednesday

Tata Steel steel plant in Port Talbot, south Wales. Fil pic/AFP
Tata Steel steel plant in Port Talbot, south Wales. Fil pic/AFP

London: Tata Steel Europe has begun consultations with the European Works Council (EWC) on restructuring plans for its business, which would include up to 3,000 job losses — 1,000 of which will be in the UK. The Indian steel major announced the job cuts last week as part of a wider transformation programme as it blamed ongoing losses and continued global headwinds faced by the steel industry.

"As part of the comprehensive set of proposals, Tata Steel Europe intends to lower employment costs," the firm said in a statement on Wednesday. "This is expected to lead to an estimated reduction in employee numbers of up to 3,000, about two-thirds of which would be management and office-based roles. Up to 1,600 are expected in the Netherlands, 1,000 in the UK and 350 elsewhere," it said.

Tata Steel said it aims to build a financially strong and sustainable European business, able to make the investments required to accelerate innovation and the company's journey towards carbon-neutral steelmaking. Tata Steel Europe CEO Henrik Adam said, "I'm very proud to see the dedication of everyone in this business, determined to succeed even in the face of a very tough market. I also understand and appreciate colleagues' concerns about these proposals." "Change creates uncertainty, but we cannot afford to stand still as a company — the world around us is changing fast and we have to adapt."

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