1,200-plus more Tata jobs to go in UK steelworks
Tata Steel, which operates a factory in Co Antrim, looks set to cut another 1,200 jobs at one of its biggest UK plants in Scunthorpe.
Two other sites in Scotland will also be affected by job losses, dealing a massive blow to the industry so soon after steelmaking ended at Redcar on Teesside.
Tata declined to comment on "rumour and speculation", but an announcement is expected on Tuesday.
It did not say if any potential cuts could affect its centre outside Lisburn. The plant avoided any impact earlier this year when Tata slashed another 720 positions, mainly at its Rotherham operation.
News of the redundancies emerged as the Government held a summit in the South Yorkshire town to discuss the crisis gripping the industry amid plunging prices and cheap imports.
Unions, business leaders and ministers attended the gathering, which was overshadowed by the latest news.
The bulk of the imminent cuts are expected to hit Scunthorpe, but steelmaking will effectively end in Scotland if cuts are confirmed in Dalzell and Clydebridge.