Tata Steel workers back pension reforms after 'hellish' year

Tata Steel in Stocksbridge
Tata Steel in Stocksbridge
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Tata Steel workers have overwhelmingly backed pension reforms which the firm claims will help safeguard the industry's long-term future in the UK.

Members of the unions Unite, Community and GMB each voted around three to one in favour of the company's proposals on pensions, jobs, investment and production.

Tom Brady, national officer for Unite, called on Tata Steel to honour its commitments following the ballot on Wednesday, and for the Government to 'step up' and support the steel industry.

"This is not a decision our members have taken lightly. It has been a hellish time for them, their families and their communities as uncertainty has swirled around the steel industry over this past year or more," he said.

"During that time steelworkers have made great sacrifices to ensure the UK's world class steel industry has a future. Those sacrifices must be repaid by Tata Steel honouring its commitments on investment and job security.

"Anything less would be a betrayal and add to the deep mistrust that steelworkers now have for the company."

Tata Steel last week confirmed the long-awaited deal to sell its speciality business, which employs 1,700 staff at its Stocksbridge and Rotherham plants, to Liberty House Group for £100 million.

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