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Unite urges Greybull and UK government to urgently agree British Steel deal

Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest manufacturing union, urged Greybull and the UK government to agree a package which guarantees the long-term future of British Steel as quickly as possible after the steelmaker announced it has the backing of its key stakeholders, including shareholders and lenders.

The company had asked for a package of support to tackle Brexit-related issues and has been holding talks with the government raising fears for the company which employs more than 4,000 workers.

Unite national officer Tony Brady said: “Unite has been in dialogue with the company to ensure wages continue to be paid and orders fulfilled, in addition to talking to government ministers to ensure the future of British Steel is secured.

“These are deeply unsettling times for our members and their families. Unite will continue to fight for the future of British Steel to ensure it continues to be a source of decent, well-paid jobs which sustains communities across the UK.

“We urge the government and Greybull to agree a package which guarantees the long-term future of British Steel as quickly as possible to safeguard jobs and confidence in the company.”

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For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 alex.flynn@unitetheunion.org

Notes to editors:

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

 

 

 

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