Almost 50 Scunthorpe steelworkers could be facing redundancy, say union bosses
NEARLY 50 Scunthorpe steelworkers at Caparo could be facing redundancy, union bosses say.
Around 30 per cent of the workforce based at the Caparo Merchant Bar steel mill on the Scunthorpe steelworks, could lose their jobs in the near future, according to Community, the union at the site.
Those involved in talks say a 30-day consultation period has been opened between the company and Community, which could result in 49 jobs being lost.
Community plans to use the consultation, which they say started last week, to try to minimise possible job losses.
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A spokesman for Community said: "There is some feeling that once these jobs are lost it will be very difficult to ever get them back.
"It is very concerning, obviously, for those potentially threatened.
"We have set up a series of meetings with the company over 30 days and the objective is very clear. We need to avoid any compulsory redundancies if possible.
"At the moment nothing is resolved and we still have some weeks ahead. We are fighting very hard to avoid compulsory redundancies.
"We are not at the finishing post yet though. We have got time to hopefully come up with some solutions.
"In terms of the business situation, things have been difficult for some time. It is speculation at this point though.
"Anyone involved must feel some degree of unease. The steel and manufacturing industry is experiencing a difficult time in the UK. Lots of people feel insecure because of the general economic situation."
Workers have contacted the Telegraph with concerns. Despite repeated requests, however, Caparo has declined to comment.