Coronavirus: Skinningrove British Steel manufacturing paused

Steel worker cutting metalImage copyright Steve Morgan/British Steel
Image caption British Steel stated it could take “decisive action” to guard its folks and operations

British Steel is pausing manufacturing at considered one of its vegetation on Teesside for a minimum of three weeks.

The Tees Valley Mayor stated he had been assured by the corporate there can be no job losses with workers anticipated to be furloughed.

British Steel CEO Ron Deelen stated the move at Skinningrove was resulting from a fall in demand amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Sites at Lackenby and Darlington should not affected.

Operations on the agency’s service centre in Lisburn, Northern Ireland are additionally being decreased “for a short time”.

“As we manage the internal and external challenges coronavirus brings, we’ll take decisive action to protect our people and our operations,” Mr Deelen stated.

“These are both temporary measures in the face of difficult market conditions, and we’ll provide all the support our employees deserve and require.”

The agency stated it was following authorities steerage in its manufacturing operations and a whole lot of office-based staff had been now working from home.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen stated the choice “will come as no surprise”.

“I have spoken to British Steel and I have been reassured that there will be no job losses at all as a result of this,” he stated.

“It is expected that all staff will be furloughed.”

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