Tata Steel to cut 1,000 UK jobs in Europe-wide shake-up with two-thirds of losses to be management and office staff

Port Talbot steel plant owner Tata plans to cut 1,000 UK jobs in a shake-up of European operations.

Another 1,600 will go in the Netherlands and around 350 in other countries where it operates.

It first announced plans to slash 3,000 roles last week but did not say where the axe would fall. Tata expects two-thirds of the losses will be management and office staff rather than factory workers.

Job cuts: Tata employs 4,000 people in the Port Talbot steel plant in Wales, its biggest site, with 8,400 people across England and Wales

Job cuts: Tata employs 4,000 people in the Port Talbot steel plant in Wales, its biggest site, with 8,400 people across England and Wales

Tata Steel Europe boss Henrik Adam said it ‘cannot afford to stand still’ and the firm must adapt.

The European arm of the Indian conglomerate employs 8,400 people across England and Wales – 4,000 of them at the Port Talbot steel plant in South Wales, its biggest site.

David Rees, the Welsh Assembly member for Aberavon, said the uncertainty ‘does not help steelworkers, their families and the wider community’.

It comes as more than 4,000 jobs hang in the balance at Scunthorpe-based British Steel, which went bust in May. 

The Government is in talks with a Chinese steel maker, Jingye, about a rescue package.

Tata’s latest restructuring comes after Brussels regulators in June blocked a merger with the steel arm of Germany’s Thyssenkrupp.

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