Union pressures Tata to keep blast furnace open

The Guardian November 19, 2023, 01:00 PM UTC

Summary: Union leaders are pressuring Tata Steel to keep a blast furnace at Port Talbot steelworks open until 2032 to avoid 3,000 job losses. The company plans to transition to electric arc furnaces, backed by the UK government's £500m pledge. Unions propose a two-stage transition to protect 2,000 jobs. Tata is reviewing the plan, while Unite opposes any job losses. The transition would mark a significant moment in British industrial history.

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