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Tata Steel is closing its blast furnaces and cutting 3,000 jobs

Tata Steel is closing its blast furnaces and cutting 3,000 jobs

In the United Kingdom, thousands of jobs have been affected by the announcement.
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The group is expected to make an official announcement on Friday, when a “45-day consultation” period will now open before the job cuts.

Indian steelmaker Tata Steel, which met with unions on Thursday about its Port Talbot steelworks in Wales, said, “Confirmed to close» Its two blast furnaces and decommissioningAbout 3,000 jobs“. The group, which intends to convert its blast furnaces into less polluting electricity equivalents, is expected to make an official announcement on Friday.45 days consultation» Before the job cut.

In September, the British government announced £500m (over €580m) to help the Port Talbot factory reduce pollution, but around 3,000 redundancies have already been earmarked. Port Talbot FactoryCurrently the UK's biggest carbon emitterThe executive pointed out that closing coal-fired blast furnaces is one way to reduce the country's overall carbon emissions by about 1.5%.

8,000 employees in the UK

The unions, which met with company managers in London, said they wanted to make a proposal.Alternatives» Job cuts but did not win their case. In September, the British government argued that Tata Steel, the UK's largest steelmaker, employs 8,000 people in the country and that the subsidies offered were intended to protect around 5,000.

Tata Steel did not confirm the closures and job cuts on Thursday. The committee pointed out thatAlways share with your employees first» Its official announcements. group”For some time now he has been engaging consistently and constructively with (his) union colleagues and their advisers on the best way to create a sustainable green steel future for Tata Steel in the UK.“, he added.

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