Tata Steel is preparing for new strikes at its large Dutch factory to protest planned job cuts, exposing tensions as the industry is hit by the coronavirus. Union officials have called for further exits to the Ijmeiden complex, which employs 9,000 people, following the first strike at the site in 28 years last week. FNV union director Roel Berguis said: “It was a tough decision, but it was necessary. We must defeat this blow ”.
Requirements include a guarantee of no mandatory layoffs, a ban on outsourcing and a promise not to sell any Dutch activity.
Long before the economic shock from Covid-19, Tata Steel Europe mapped out a deep cost-cutting program late last year in response to a downturn in the market. The business includes UK operations centered on operations at the Port of Talbot in South Wales.