British govt disappointed with Tata`s decision to shut mills

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 21:06

New Delhi: England`s Business Secretary Peter Mandelson has said he is disappointed with the decision of Tatas-owned Corus to shut operations at some of the mills at Teesside steel plant.
"I am very disappointed by the mothballing of the plant at Teesside," Mandelson said in an interview to private broadcaster CNBC TV 18.

"It is very important indeed that Corus remains in touch with the workers and the British government because together we have a joint responsibility to look into the needs of the workers and the local community," he said.

Asked if the British government would judge Tatas by their efforts to look for alternatives to "mothball" the mills, he said, "Of course we do. We do with every employer. It is not a warning, it is an invitation."

Meanwhile, on December 17, Corus and steel workers union came out with a joint statement saying that they would look at all possible alternatives to shutting of mills.

Mandelson had last week said he would hold talks with the Tatas over "the future of Corus, particularly the plant on the Teesside in the northeast of England."

Corus has announced closure of some of the mills under Teesside Cast Products plant which will render as many as 1,700 employees jobless, after a consortium of buyers broke their ten-year offtake agreement with Corus.

Tata Steel in 2007 acquired European steel giant Corus for about USD 12 billion.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 21:06
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