Another 1,050 Steel Workers to be laid off

Another 1,050 Steel Workers to be laid off
Another 1,050 Steel Workers to be laid off

Another 1,050 Steel Workers to be laid off

Steel Workers
A few weeks ago Roberts Jackson Solicitors was shocked and saddened by the news that nearly 2,000 steel workers were to be laid off [1] in what is being called a “re-organisation” of the UK’s biggest steel manufacturer, Tata Steel. The announcement comes just weeks after the festive period leaving employees in the steel industry in difficult situations. The company further clarified that “tough actions are critical in the face of extremely difficult market conditions”.

The main plant to be affected is the Port Talbot branch of the steel firm based in South Wales. 750 Jobs in total are reportedly being axed and it’s not just the hands on labourers that are due to be laid off but a further 200 support staff across the UK as well.

The steel industry as a whole has been in decline since the early 90’s with only half the staffing levels now required (40,000 down to 20,000 employees). This sharp decrease in steel activity has been widely blamed on international deals that are set to see the UK import a lot of its steel in the near future. In total there have been 5,000 cuts in the last  year alone however it may be justified by reports that plants such as the one in Port Talbot is currently losing £1m a day [2].

Over the years, steel workers have developed a reputation as hard working, dedicated labourers who have raised not only families by these qualities but entire communities too. They have time and again put their bodies, quite literally, on the line to complete the task at hand whilst. The risk of working in the steel industry are very high in comparison to other occupations with over 500 manual handling injuries [3] and a large percentage of respiratory problems (5% of all asthma cases in 2013 [4]) stemming from the conditions within a steel plant.

Other conditions that are common in workers include hearing loss and repetitive muscular injuries or RSI’s. Roberts Jackson has represented a large number of clients from the steel industry and still continues to do so on a regular basis. It is sad news to hear that some of our clients and future clients may be affected by the ever changing steel manufacturing industry and will always be on hand for anyone who has developed a condition due to working in steel plants.

[1] What are the occupational risks of working in the Steel industry?
[2] Tata steel: Port Talbot faces 750 of 1,050 job losses
[3] Handling injuries in Great Britain, 2014
[4] Occupational Asthma in Great Britain 2014