Union anticipated to name off Port Talbot strike motion | EUROtoday

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The Unite union is anticipated to name off a strike deliberate for 8 July so additional talks can happen over the way forward for the UK’s largest metal works at Port Talbot in Wales.

Owners Tata had threatened to convey ahead the deliberate closure of each remaining blast furnaces the day earlier than the strike, citing security fears resulting from a workers walkout.

Unite’s strike motion was referred to as to the dismay of different unions who feared that it will speed up the closure of blast furnace quantity 4 which was not resulting from be shut down till September.

The Community and GMB Unions had hoped that may give them time for extra negotiations to increase the lifetime of the remaining furnace with a probably new authorities in place.

The authorities has promised a £500m grant in direction of the event of a brand new £1.25bn electrical arc furnace which recycles scrap steel, is much less vitality intensive, however requires far fewer workers.

The closure of each furnaces would price 2,800 jobs whereas extending the lifetime of one among them would save 2,000 of these jobs if the remaining blast furnace was left on till the brand new electrical arc furnace has been constructed on the location, which may take as much as three years.

Sources near the matter advised the BBC that Unite had given Tata the proper excuse to close down early, accelerating job losses.

But Unite officers rejected that, saying their motion “had helped focus minds” and they’re claiming a victory of kinds over the information that additional talks will happen after the election.

However, in a letter to unions from Tata – seen by the BBC – it’s clear the corporate had already agreed to additional talks after the upcoming election.

Alun Davies, nationwide officer for the Community union, mentioned: “Tata have confirmed that if the strike is called off they are ready to resume discussions on a potential memorandum of understanding.

“The truth is Tata never walked away from those discussions, and at our last meeting on 22 May all unions agreed to conclude the negotiations and put the outcome to our members.

“Community would welcome resuming those discussions, but we regret that zero progress has been made since 22 May.”

Officials from different unions say that Unite has achieved “nothing however chaos and have price their members cash” – a reference to an earlier overtime ban which Unite called without the agreement or knowledge of the other unions.

Union officials acknowledge that there is no guarantee that Tata will agree to extending the life of one furnace beyond its scheduled shutdown in September.

But officers have expressed hope that if Labour wins the election, its manifesto dedication to speculate £2.5bn within the metal business may assist safe a lifeline.