Responding to the news that a Turkish pension fund is emerging as a potential buyer for British Steel, Unite assistant general secretary for manufacturing Steve Turner said: "Once again it is disappointing that workers hear of possible changes to their employer via media rumours. This is unhelpful and only adds to the anxiety of the workforce.

"Unite has been dedicated to finding a new owner and bring some much-needed stability to British Steel and its thousands of workers.

"We therefore welcome any possibility of named buyers emerging in the near future. Our priority would be to sit down with them when they are confirmed to reiterate the investment needed to secure the retention of skilled staff in the immediate future, and the longer-term financial commitment this national asset needs to secure its lasting future."

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  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.