Tata to close operations in Cradley, Dudley and Kingswinford

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TATA Steel has announced it is closing its sites in Cradley, Dudley and Kingswinford.

The Indian multinational company has blamed a 30 per cent drop in demand in steel for a restructuring which will see a loss of 900 jobs across the UK.

The company’s sprawling Park Road site in Cradley will close with the operation being moved to the company’s Steelpark site in Wednesfield.

Workers at the Cradley site will be transferred to Steelpark, however, the closure of the steel processing centres in Dudley, Kingswinford and Wombourne will see the loss of 107 jobs.

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.”

Paul Steele, managing director for distribution in the UK and Ireland, said: “We realise this proposal will be of great concern to our employees. The company will do everything it can to assist those people leaving the business.”

Karl Kohler, chief executive of Tata Steel's European operations, said: "Today's proposals are part of a strategy to transform ourselves into an all-weather steel producer, capable of succeeding in difficult economic conditions.

"These restructuring proposals will help make our business more successful and sustainable, but the job losses are regrettable and I know this will be a difficult and unsettling time for the employees and their families affected.

"We will be working with our trade unions and government at a national and local level to ensure we provide them with as much assistance and support as possible.

"In addition, our subsidiary UK Steel Enterprise will be looking at how it can provide more support to local steel communities and stimulate new jobs following today’s announcement.”

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9:03pm Fri 23 Nov 12

steve Briscoe says...

Another kick in the teeth for the Dudley Borough . Being an ex corus cookley worker i know first hand what its like to see a plant closure , I know some of the people from from Dudley and wombourne sites and the media can put a gloss on the story saying they will be retrained but the reality is good paid Tata jobs are hard to come by especily in the present climate. Most of the engineering jobs now are agency only and are low pay and most dont employ British workers . The Dudley borough as we know it is slowly dieing because the council have no real ambition for the area they only have one policy Merry hill and Merry hill, that means to most people zero contracts and low pay..
Another kick in the teeth for the Dudley Borough . Being an ex corus cookley worker i know first hand what its like to see a plant closure , I know some of the people from from Dudley and wombourne sites and the media can put a gloss on the story saying they will be retrained but the reality is good paid Tata jobs are hard to come by especily in the present climate. Most of the engineering jobs now are agency only and are low pay and most dont employ British workers . The Dudley borough as we know it is slowly dieing because the council have no real ambition for the area they only have one policy Merry hill and Merry hill, that means to most people zero contracts and low pay.. steve Briscoe
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7:02pm Mon 26 Nov 12

The Mayor says...

Exactly right, Dudley Council's attitude seems to be all that matters is the Merry Hill Centre, and the Waterfront, and the rest of the Borough can go to ruin!
Exactly right, Dudley Council's attitude seems to be all that matters is the Merry Hill Centre, and the Waterfront, and the rest of the Borough can go to ruin! The Mayor
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