Jobs blow at Hartlepool steel mill

JOBS BLOW: Tata Steel Hartlepool
JOBS BLOW: Tata Steel Hartlepool

NINETY jobs are being axed at a Hartlepool steel mill.

Tata Steel announced proposals on Friday morning to cut the posts at the 42-inch pipe mill in Hartlepool.

Company chiefs say the decision follows a slowdown in new orders for the mill.

The announcement came at the same time as Tata announced it was cutting 14 posts by relocating services from Newcastle to Lackenby.

But in the same statement, it also confirmed it was creating 60 new jobs at its Teesside Distribution Centre, also at Lackenby.

The Hartlepool 42-inch mill is currently completing production of a significant order for the Gulf of Mexico, but only limited new orders have been secured for the mill beyond February 2013.

Remco Blaauw, managing director of tubes at Tata Steel, said: “The proposals being announced today are necessary to match employee numbers to order levels from mid February 2013.”

These proposals do not affect the 20-inch or 84-inch tube mills located on the same site in Hartlepool, which make different diameter steel tubes for a range of markets.

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