MP calls for Government to intervene in steelworks sale

Frank Roy
Frank Roy

Motherwell and Wishaw MP Frank Roy used Scottish Questions to call on the UK and Scottish Governments to intervene after Tata Steel revealed plans to sell it’s Long Products Europe division which includes the Dalzell and Clydebridge Steelworks in Lanarkshire.

Frank said: This is a major blow to those working at Dalzell and Clydebridge Steelworks and the other affected sites through the UK.

“I have profound concerns about what this course of action will mean for the future of the UK Steel Industry, the company, both Long and Strip Products divisions and for the lives of the workforce, their families and our communities.

“During Scottish Questions in the House of Commons I called on both the Scottish and UK Governments to work together and intervene for the sake of the workers and for the sake of future construction and manufacturing industry in the UK.

“Over the next few weeks I and my local colleagues will meeting with the Prime Minister, local and national workforce and management and the Trade Unions.”

The proposed divestment will directly impact around 6,500 employees and at least the same number of contractors and agency staff.

Frank added: “I am also deeply concerned and disappointed that despite a previously good working relationship, Tata Steel chose to exclude the Trade Unions from this decision.

“To exclude Community Union and The GMB from this decision is a real kick in the teeth for the workers and makes a mockery of Tata’s treasured values and Code of Conduct.”

Motherwell and Wishaw MSP John Pentland has also condemned Tata for the way in which their decision was made without prior consultation with staff.

He said: “Workers and their unions have not been consulted and there is a big question mark about the consequences for their jobs, their families and their communities, who deserve better than to be suddenly plunged into this sort of uncertainty.

“Being presented with a fait accompli in this way is a shocking example of modern industrial relations, with no attempt having been made to discuss the issues with the workforce or to look at ways in which the issues could be tackled.

“I have approached the Scottish Government to seek their involvement, and asked that they work with their UK counterparts to support the workforce and the industry; and that they work with the elected members for the Scottish sites regarding the future of those sites.

“I will also be working with colleagues to support urgent talks between Tata and the trade unions, asking for matters to be put on hold to allow proper consultation about the proposals.”