26 jobs at risk as Tata Steel shuts Wolverhampton site
Steel giant Tata is also axing 380 roles in Newport, South Wales.
Twenty six jobs are at risk after Tata Steel announced plans to close its steel service centre in Wolverhampton.
Tata Steel revealed the news today as it also announced the potential loss of hundreds of jobs in Newport, South Wales, where it is proposing to close closing its Orb Electrical Steels factory.
Tata Steel said it had failed to find a buyer for its Wolverhampton Engineering Steels Service Centre.
The steel giant said the proposed closure would "potentially affect" 26 roles but some of these will be at a sales office in Bolton.
Meanwhile up to 380 workers face redundancy in Newport after the company said it had been “unable to find a way forward" - an announcement which has been described as a “body blow” by unions.
Consultations with affected staff and trade unions will "commence shortly" and include assessing ways to minimise compulsory redundancies, Tata Steel added.
The Newport plant, which is part of Tata Steel’s Cogent arm and produces steel for electrical transmission, had been up for sale since May 2018, while the operation at Wednesfield was restructured five months ago when four loss-making businesses were merged into one.
Henrik Adam, chief executive officer of Tata Steel’s European operations, said: “Continuing to fund substantial losses at Orb Electrical Steels is not sustainable at a time when the European steel industry is facing considerable challenges. We saw no prospects of returning the Orb business to profitability in the coming years.
“I recognise how difficult this news will be for all those affected and we will work very hard to support them.”
Unite the union said it will hold Tata Steel’s feet to the fire for assurances to protect workers at the site.
Tony Brady, Unite officer for Tata Steel, said: “The closure of the Orb electrical steel base in Newport is yet another body blow for the economy of Wales.
“Unite will be fighting for every job and holding Tata Steel’s feet to the fire over assurances that workers affected by today’s announcement will be redeployed.”
Labour MP Emma Reynolds, whose Wolverhampton North East constituency covers the Wednesfield steelpark, said: “It is disappointing and concerning news that Tata Steel has announced it will close the Wolverhampton Engineering Steels Service Centre, which is one part of its business at the Tata Steelpark in Wednesfield.
“I am seeking urgent reassurances from Tata Steel that it will do all it can to minimise compulsory redundancies, redeploy staff where possible and help those affected into alternative employment.
“I have asked what contact Tata Steel has had with other local manufacturing companies, such as Jaguar Land Rover (also owned by Tata) and Collins Aerospace, about what vacancies these companies might have in the coming months.
“I am also in touch with the trade unions active on the site to offer my support to their members.”
Tata Steel also employs 30 people in Brierley Hill and also has a service centre at Horseley Fields.
The company, which is part of the Indian conglomerate that also owns Jaguar Land Rover, shut sites in Wombourne, Dudley, Kingswinford and Cradley while investing in Wednesfield in 2012.
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