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Steelmaker Corus announces over 300 more job cuts

July 9th, 2009
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The Steelmaker Corus is planning to cut another 366 jobs at its Scunthorpe plant in North Lincolnshire, just a week after revealing another 2,000 UK job losses.

The proposed job losses come only a week after the company announced that 2,000 posts were to go at its UK plants, 500 in Scunthorpe and 400 on Teesside and 800 in Rotherham.

Corus said further cuts were needed as “significant savings” had to be made to secure the plant’s future.

Unite union national officer for the steel industry Terry Pye said: “We will be seeking urgent discussions with the Corus on this latest announcement of a further 366 job cuts at its Scunthorpe site.

“Unite’s priority is to minimise redundancies. We will not accept any compulsory redundancies and will be doing everything possible to support our members.

“However, we cannot keep moving from crisis to crisis and it is time for the government to step-up and act.

“Unless there is action from the government to support British manufacturing it will deprive Britain of the skills we will depend on to compete in the world economy when we come out of this recession.”

The construction industry has been battered by the recession and demand for steel has plummeted as .

The proposed job cuts come on top of another 2,500 cuts announced in January. Workers at the Scunthorpe site were told of the further jobs at risk at a briefing by management on Thursday.

Corus site director Sean Lyons said: “The business still needs to make significant savings to secure a viable future for the site so we have had to take this urgent action to align our employment costs to current and forecast demand for our products.”

The proposed job cuts are expected to affect managers and administrative staff.  Corus said consultations had begun with workers and it would seek voluntary redundancies wherever possible.

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