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News From Steel Trade Unions

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The consultative ballots on Tata Steel's proposal on pensions, jobs, investment and production closed at noon today.

All union members were asked if they accepted the proposal, and the results for each union are as follows:

GMB Turnout: 51.5% Yes: 74.0% No: 26.0%

Unite Turnout: 69.2% Yes: 75.6% No: 24.3%

Responding to the results, Dave Hulse, National Officer for GMB, said:

"Now that steelworkers have done their bit, it is time for the government step up and do theirs.

"Thousands of skilled jobs rely on steelmaking and the industry supports the whole UK manufacturing sector.

"Instead of insulting steelworkers by classing their industry as a 'low priority', the government set out as strategy for steel that recognises it as a high priority for investment and innovation."

Tony Brady, National Officer for Unite, said:

"This is not a decision our members have taken lightly.

"It has been a hellish time for them, their families and their communities as uncertainty has swirled around the steel industry over this past year or more.

"During that time steelworkers have made great sacrifices to ensure the UK’s world class steel industry has a future.

"Those sacrifices must be repaid by Tata Steel honouring its commitments on investment and job security.

"Nothing less would be a betrayal and add to the deep mistrust that steelworkers now have for the company.

"The UK government in Westminster must also repay the sacrifices and the commitment shown by steelworkers to their industry by stepping up to support steel and secure its future.

"Recent talk of steel being a low priority for UK government ministers in Brexit negotiations is shameful.

"The UK government must now work in lockstep with the Welsh Government and put steel at the heart of a manufacturing industrial strategy which ensures UK steel is used in all major infrastructure and defence projects."

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

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