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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Workington steel plant job losses revealed

The exact impact of job losses at a Cumbrian steel plant has been revealed to workers.

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Concerned employees at the Tata Steel plant in Workington have found out which parts of the firm will endure redundancies.

The firm confirmed last month that 75 jobs will go at the plant, with hundreds more being lost at Tata’s sister plants in Scunthorpe and Teeside.

In posters put up around the plant it was revealed that the hardest hit section would be the copper foundry – with 28 employees set to be axed.

Seventeen people will be cut from the FMA department and seven crane drivers or riggers will also be made redundant. Other cuts will be made in the refurbishment, maintenance and technical areas.

About 90 jobs were initially feared to be at risk but that figure was reduced in an announcement last month.

A Tata Steel spokesman said the company had set no final dates on when redundancies would come into effect.

“We are continuing to work very closely with both those who are at risk and their union representatives,” he said. “There are continuing meetings between management and unions.

“Tata Steel is delighted to hear that the unions are working with the local MP Tony Cunningham who has also met with Tata Steel management.

“It is vital for the future of the business in Cumbria that we move ahead with the restructure, but we have set no definite date and redundancies will only happen once we have completed our consultations with both employees and their union representatives.”

However, they would not comment on which departments the jobs would be axed from.

The announcement came as Mr Cunningham met with Tata union bosses to attempt to make a last-ditch effort to resolve the situation.

The firm also hoped that the majority of redundancies will be voluntary.

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