Tata Steel crisis: Union leader Chris Kitchen admits illegal measures could be the way forward

Tata Steel to end business in Britain

Tata Steel intends to sell its British business

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Indian company, Tata Steel, is on the verge of selling their entire British business portfolio, potentially resulting in the loss of up to 15,000 jobs across the UK, mainly in Port Talbot, Wales.

The company claims the issue stems from an oversupply of steel, along with cheaper imports being made available from other countries, including the likes of China.

Speaking to Sam Delaney, Chris Kitchen, General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers, said it may be time for the use of industrial action to solve the crisis.

He said: "I would like to think some unions could get together to put concerted pressure on government, and maybe even take positive action. The problem is it would mean breaching the anti-trade union legislation we’ve got that’s designed to stop that from happening.

"It would be illegal, but unjust laws sometimes have to be broken in order to get them changed."

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