Belfast Telegraph

British Steel to axe up to 70 jobs at North East sites

British Steel has warned of up to 70 job losses at two of its sites under plans to cut costs and improve competitiveness.

The company said the reduction at Skinningrove on Teesside and Darlington in County Durham was part of plans to improve its Special Profiles business.

Peter Gate, of British Steel, said: "We're striving to become a global leader in special profiles but to do this, and deliver the high standards customers quite rightly expect, we need to be more flexible and more efficient.

"In recent years, prior to the launch of British Steel, the Special Profiles business hadn't been profitable. It's encouraging that we're now making a profit but we must become even more competitive if we are to grow and win more orders."

Steve McCool, national officer of the Community union, said: "We have received assurances from the company that the process can be managed without the need for compulsory redundancies and we will make sure this principle is upheld.

"In the coming weeks we will be going through the detail of the company's plans to confirm that today's proposals are in the best interests of a sustainable future for the Special Profiles business within British Steel."

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