Negotiations between representatives of trade unions and company management to end the strike at Tata Steel Ijmuiden have ended in vain. Consequently, the ongoing strikes at the Dutch plant will continue until further notice, the union said.
According to Federatie Nederlandse Vakbeweging (FNV), the negotiations were disappointing and inconclusive. Management asked for more time to respond to the demands put forward by the union. It is very alarming that the union did not receive a response from the management. The environmental committee will discuss how to strike, said Roel Berguis, director of FNV Metaal.
The union opposed the integration of the Dutch division with Tata Steel UK and the transfer of profits to it. In addition, it requires assurances regarding workplace safety and a robust strategic plan.
In a recent statement released by the company, it said its European facilities are currently operating at 70% of their capacity. Domestic steel demand continues to be affected by the slowdown in key steel consumption sectors such as the automotive and construction industries.