Answers sought as TATA looks to shed thousands of jobs across Europe

Unions in talks after steel giant's plans revealed

Unions at Tata Steel in Port Talbot are in talks today following news that the company plans to cut around 3,000 jobs in Europe.

The Community Union in Port Talbot says consultations are ongoing and they are looking for clarity on the proposed job cuts.

According to news agency Reuters, half those could go in the Netherlands. But the report said the company insisted there will be no plant closures.

Tata said yesterday that the job cuts are necessary as it wrestles with excess supply and high costs.

They say about two thirds of the job cuts will be office-based.

GMB, the union for steel workers, has demanded reassurances from Tata Steel that Port Talbot will be spared job losses.

Mike Payne, GMB Senior Organiser for GMB Wales and South West said:

“This is disappointing news. Right now we’re demanding reassurances from TATA that these Europe-wide cuts won’t affect our members in Port Talbot.  

“We understand the global challenges affecting the Steel Industry, but any loss of jobs could be a threat not only to the families affected, but also to the wider community.

“This uncertainty and constant threat of job losses drains confidence from the whole workforce.”

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