Help for staff facing job cuts

TATA STEEL is launching a support service for workers whose jobs are under threat.

The company announced in January that 110 jobs are to be axed at its Corby plant where a support day is being held tomorrow for people facing redundancy.

It has been organised by the company, trade union representatives, Corby Council and Tresham College, and representative from JobCentre Plus and the Department of Works and Pensions will also be attending.

Workers will be offered help and advice on a range of issues, including alternative employment opportunities and retraining.

Martin McGiff of Tata Steel at Corby said: “We are committed to working together with our partners in the community to do everything possible to assist our employees. We will be exploring all opportunities to re-deploy employees where practical within the company, and to assist those people leaving the business with a range of support measures.

“It’s a difficult process, but we are optimistic that the valuable qualities and skills of our workforce will be highly valued by other employers.”

The company announced the job losses after a review of its European tubes business operations, blaming the cuts on a prolonged downturn in markets for tubes and intense competition.

Corby Council leader, Tom Beattie, said: “The town is facing challenging times.

“Those affected by these announcements need to know that senior stakeholders are rallying to provide real practical support for them.

“We will be putting resources in place to help our town’s people in real, practical ways.”

A consultation period with Tata Steel employees affected by the cuts and their union representatives began on January 25.