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Lisburn site avoids job cuts at Tata

Steel-making communities in the UK have been dealt another huge blow after Tata announced more than 1,000 job losses, worsening the crisis in the industry.

But a Tata site in Lisburn employing 14 people is not affected.

Most of the jobs will go at the huge plant in Port Talbot, South Wales, where 750 posts will be cut, although service firms and contractors will also be affected.

Other factories will also be hit with more jobs lost at Llanwern, Trostre, Corby and Hartlepool.

Karl Koehler, chief executive of Tata Steel's European operations, said: "I know this news will be unsettling, but these tough actions are critical in the face of extremely difficult market conditions which are expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

"We need the European Commission to accelerate its response to unfairly traded imports and increase the robustness of its actions. Not doing so threatens the future of the entire European steel industry."

The Government came under attack from unions for doing "too little, too late".

The Lisburn site is part of the firm's long products division to be sold off to Greybull Capital in a deal announced last month.

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