Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, has reacted angrily to the news today (Tuesday 17 September) that Sirius Minerals has been forced to halt plans to build a potash mine in North Yorkshire.

Once operational the potash mine would have created hundreds of jobs both in North Yorkshire and Teesside where there are plans to build a processing plant at the former steelworks in Redcar.

Government inaction

Unite national officer Ian Woodland said: “This is a vital project for a region which is crying out for new investment and jobs.

“The government’s failure to support this project is a major reason why Sirius Minerals has had to put its plans on hold and look at alternative ways to finance its project.

“The government must now rectify its error, support the scheme and help to generate jobs on Teesside where they are desperately needed.

“In order to ensure that this vitally needed project sees the light of day it is imperative that Sirius Minerals works in cooperation with Unite going forward so that we can create first class, unionised jobs.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

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