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Bombshell new analysis shows 32,500 jobs at risk from British Steel collapse

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12 Jun 2019
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The number of jobs at risk from the collapse of British Steel is higher than previously thought, bombshell new analysis from GMB shows.

The fresh revelation that 32,633 jobs hang in the balance comes as delegates debate an emergency motion on the collapse of British Steel at the union’s annual Congress in Brighton today. 

Delegates are set to step up the pressure on the government to fully support British workers and contractors. 

 

Scenario

Direct employment

Indirect + induced

Total employment

British Steel ARA

4,238

28,395

32,633

 

British Steel’s last Annual Report and Accounts says 4,238 people work for the company but new GMB estimates put the number of supported jobs in the supply chain at 28,395 – leaving a total of 32,633 at risk. 

Previous estimates had put the number of jobs at risk at just 25,000 but the new analysis reveals thousands more are in the balance.

Ross Murdoch, GMB National Officer, said:

"There are far more than 30,000 jobs at stake at British Steel, directly and through the supply chain. It’s much worse than had been feared.” 

“GMB members are showing today that the fight for jobs at British Steel is a fight our whole union will get behind.

"There is outrage across the country at the prospect of indispensable foundation industries like British steel going to the wall, while the Government simply sits on its hands.
 
"The UK has lost almost half a million manufacturing jobs in the last decade and while the Tory Party leadership candidates debate how much they want to cut the taxes of the richest, our members are looking at a bleak and uncertain future.  
 
"A continuing decline in manufacturing is not inevitable, but we need action to protect the skilled, well-paid jobs our proud industries can provide and support."

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