Javid Jets Into Mumbai For Steel Jobs Talks

Britain's Business Secretary Sajid JavidBritain's Business Secretary Sajid Javid

Javid Jets Off For Steel Talks

The Business Secretary is arriving in Mumbai for talks with Tata as the struggle to save thousands of steel jobs continues today.

Sajid Javid is meeting Cyrus Mistry, chairman of the Indian steelmaker, which is selling its loss-making UK business.

It follows talks with the head of the Liberty Group, which is considering a takeover of the Port Talbot plant in South Wales.

Sanjeev Gupta said he wanted to avoid any redundancies if a deal was agreed.

“UK Government appears highly supportive and is proactively engaged in finding a long-term solution,” said Mr Gupta.

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“We have also actively engaged with the Welsh Government and again we are encouraged by their approach.

“The next step is for Tata to define the formal sales process and request indications of interest from potential buyers. We await further details on this and then will assess our own next step.

“Liberty has already proven its ability to build value from UK steel assets with our acquisition of our Newport Steel plant, Midlands engineering operations and most recently in Scotland where we acquired mills from Tata.

Business Secretary Speaks To Steel Workers At Port TalbotBusiness Secretary Speaks To Steel Workers At Port Talbot

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“Everyone is very motivated to find a solution.”

Some 40,000 jobs linked to the UK steel industry are at risk if Tata pulls out of Britain.

Union leaders spent an hour with Mr Javid before he left for Mumbai and stressed that Tata businesses should be sold together rather than allow “cherry-picking” of different parts.

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Unite leader Len McCluskey said: “At the moment we are on the same page. The Government needs to put a protective arm around the industry to show they are serious. Talk is cheap – we now need to see a practical application.”

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