Losing Scunthorpe steel jobs at Caparo 'would be another blow to area' says MP
The Scunthorpe MP has responded to union claims that nearly 50 workers could be facing redundancy at Caparo Merchant Bar in the town.
It is possible that around 30 per cent of the workforce could lose their jobs in the near future, according to the Community union.
Nic Dakin, Labour MP for Scunthorpe, said: “This would be another blow to the area.
“It reminds us that the global market for steel remains very challenging.
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“Caparo is an excellent business with good industrial relations, and has worked with the unions together over time to do a very good job.
“I am sure they are working together during this time to ensure the best possible outcome.”
Phil Sullivan, campaigns manager for Community, said: “I am worried that this consultation period is a kneejerk reaction to something that could have been solved sooner.
“Caparo is looking for comments in these meetings to find possible alternatives to compulsory redundancies. The concern is that we’ll find ourselves at the end of 30 days with some redundancies experienced, that could have been avoided if something had been done sooner.
“It is a concern for me that Caparo have already made their minds up. We are doing everything possible to avoid compulsory redundancies. It is drawn as potential that these jobs could be lost, but there could well be 49 people being made redundant by mid-February.”
Caparo has declined to comment.