Tata Steel to cut 156 jobs in Yorkshire

Steel giant Tata is to cut 156 jobs at its sites in South and West Yorkshire.

The company said 126 jobs would be lost at its steel bar business - 110 in Rotherham and 16 in Stocksbridge, South Yorkshire, as part of a restructuring.

It also said its distribution centre in Leeds would close with the loss of 41 posts, although 11 distribution jobs would be created at its Rotherham site.

Union leaders described the news as "devastating" and pledged to oppose any compulsory redundancies.

Tata Steel said the restructuring in Yorkshire was part of a wider aim to "strengthen the competitiveness of its UK activities".

In total 900 jobs will be lost across the UK, including 600 in Wales, 120 in the West Midlands and 30 on Teesside.

'Great concern'

A company spokesperson said: "The restructuring follows a significant decline in demand for bar steel products in a number of key markets, including automotive, bright conversion and bright bar.

"As a result of this reduced demand, Tata Steel is proposing to reduce its production and shift levels which will lead to the loss of 135 jobs - 110 in Rotherham, 16 in Stocksbridge and nine in Wednesbury, West Midlands."

Mark Broxholme, managing director of Tata Steel's speciality steels and bar business, said the company would make "every attempt to avoid any compulsory redundancies" and that it would invest £2.75m in its bar business to make improvements, including at its site in Rotherham.

Labour MP for Wentworth and Dearne John Healey said he was disappointed and added that those at risk of losing their jobs would face "a very difficult Christmas".

Michael Leahy, general secretary of the Community trade union, said: "This news will be of great concern to many of our members and their families.

"We will be seeking an urgent meeting with the company to ensure our principle of no compulsory redundancies is upheld, although we are pleased to see the company has already committed to offering a package of training and support for those affected by these changes."

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