Yorkshire jobs go at steel giant

TATA Steel is to cut 150 jobs from its operations in Yorkshire, the company said today.

The announcement came as part of a wider restructuring of its UK operations which will see 900 jobs lost overall, the majority in Wales.

The Yorkshire jobs will go from its Rotherham, Leeds and Stocksbridge sites although 11 jobs will be created.

Karl Köhler, chief executive of Tata Steel’s European operations, said: “Today’s proposals are part of a strategy to transform ourselves into an ‘all-weather’ steel producer, capable of succeeding in difficult economic conditions.

“These restructuring proposals will help make our business more successful and sustainable, but the job losses are regrettable and I know this will be a difficult and unsettling time for the employees and their families affected.

“We will be working with our trade unions and government at a national and local level to ensure we provide them with as much assistance and support as possible.”