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Call for strike at Corus plant

Trade union officials have called for a ballot for a possible strike by workers at a plant which has been partially mothballed.

Following the loss of a contract at Teesside Cast Products in Redcar, part of the site was closed. Now union leaders are pressing for a ballot as it says the company is incapable of securing the long-term future of the site.

General secretary of the Community union Michael Leahy said: “Local union reps are concerned about the lack of progress and have requested a ballot for industrial action, which the unions are considering at national level.

“Our priority is to swiftly ensure the conclusion of a deal that secures the long term future of steelmaking on Teesside.”

General secretary of the Community union Michael Leahy

“Our priority, having avoided hard redundancies for now, is to swiftly ensure the conclusion of a deal that secures the long term future of steelmaking on Teesside.”

A £1.5M scheme to provide full-time training to more than 200 workers facing redundancy over the partial mothballing of the plant was announced by Corus at the weekend.

Around 1,500 workers are facing redundancy after an international consortium suddenly cancelled a long-term contract to buy products from the Redcar plant last year.

A number of bidders are believed to be in negotiations about taking over the site, including a local consortium.

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