MP calls meeting over ‘crisis’ at Tata

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A Sheffield MP is demanding a meeting with the chairman of Tata Steel over a ‘crisis’ at the company.

Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, has written to Cyrus Mistry calling on him to meet with MPs who have been approached by concerned workers.

She said: “I’ve got lots of constituents who are seriously concerned about the direction that the company is taking, whether that be over the proposal to close the pension scheme or the decision to try and sell half the UK business to a Swiss-based American venture capitalist.

“Tata Steel workers are telling me that they are worried for their jobs and pensions and that they are losing confidence in the leadership of the company in Europe. This has been compounded by the company trying to blame the trade unions, who represent my constituents, for the proposed closure of the pension scheme.

“I think it’s time to get some straight answers about what’s going on from the man at the top, so I hope Mr Mistry will take the opportunity to meet with me and other MPs who represent steel areas, so he can explain how Tata are going to resolve the crisis within the company and work to secure a sustainable future for UK steelmaking.”

Tata Steel was unavailable for comment.

It employs 2,050 people in South Yorkshire at sites in Rotherham and Stocksbridge.

A Tata proposal to close its pension scheme has brought steel unions ‘to the brink of their first national dispute in more than 30 years. Two weeks ago the firm announced plans to close the British Steel Pension Scheme - prompting trade unions to prepare to ballot members for a strike.