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75 jobs will go as Workington's Tata Steel plant cuts back

Seventy-five jobs will be axed at Workington’s Tata Steel plant.

The firm announced the cuts last night and said the plant’s copper foundry will close and workshop operations will be scaled back.

It is part of a restructuring process launched in October.

It was initially thought that up to 90 jobs would be lost.

Workers were told yesterday but will remain at the site until after Christmas.

Peter Hogg, sales and marketing director at Tata, said: “We are committed to this business and to Workington.

“We needed to restructure, ensuring the business was sustainable in the long term.

“We are actively pursuing how we work with others in the supply chain for key sectors such as nuclear.”

A company spokesman said the firm had made a commitment to its apprentices that, where possible, they would continue their training or be moved to other skills providers.

It is also hoped that the majority of redundancies will be voluntary.

Tata Steel is working with Britain’s Energy Coast following the announcement, in a bid to help those affected by the job losses.

A period of interviews will soon start at the plant to develop work packages for employees and cross match skills to other areas of the company.

Tata’s sister plants in Scunthorpe and Teesside will see job cuts of 340 and 37 respectively.

Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham and Allerdale council leader Alan Smith met with the firm in October.

Sir Tony said: “It is sad news in the days before Christmas that 75 jobs are going from what used to be a major employer in Workington.

“Although the figure has dropped from 90 jobs, there are still 75 people with families who are facing a bleak start to 2014.

“I will continue to work with Tata and Britain’s Energy Coast to help in any way we can.”

Steven Szostak, chief executive of Britain’s Energy Coast, said: “This must be devastating news for the employees and their families and we, along with local partners, are committed to working with Tata Steel to mitigate the situation, assisting with alternative employment options.”

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