Unite, the UK and Ireland largest union, has described the announcement (Thursday 9 January) today of redundancies at Liberty Steel as a ‘bitter blow’.

The job losses will primarily be at the company’s plants in South Yorkshire and South Wales.

Unite national officer for steel Harish Patel said: “This is a bitter blow for the workers concerned and Unite will be ensuring that every opportunity to minimise job losses is properly explored and the commitment to only consider voluntary redundancies is fully honoured.

 “The announcement of redundancies inevitably creates further uncertainty in the steel industry and makes it more imperative that the government provides genuine and tangible commitments to the UK steel industry, to ensure that it can compete on a level playing field on the global stage.

 “The need for an effective public sector procurement policy that ensures that UK steel is used on all strategic and infrastructure projects, has never been greater.”

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior 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.