Tata Steel calls in ACAS over pension strikes

Tata Steel, Brenda Road, Hartlepool. Picture By FRANK REID
Tata Steel, Brenda Road, Hartlepool. Picture By FRANK REID

Tata Steel has approached the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) to help with negotiations with unions on planned industrial action over pensions.

Tor Farquhar, executive director of human resources at Tata Steel’s European operations, which includes a plant in Hartlepool, said: “We have contacted ACAS to bring in independent expertise in mediating a resolution to the UK pension dispute. We have requested ACAS to immediately approach the National Trade Union Steel Coordinating Committee to ask them to attend talks.”

Industrial action, consisting of an overtime ban and a work to rule, is scheduled to start tomorrow, with a one-day strike planned for Monday, June 22.

Mr Farquhar added: “The company and unions agree that changes need to be made to tackle the scheme’s projected shortfall of up to £2billion.”