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Tom Blenkinsop, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, will today (Monday 27th October 2014) raise his concerns over the sale process of the Long Products division of Tata Steel with Business Minister Vince Cable.

In a meeting with representatives from Community Union, MPs with Tata sites in their constituencies and the Business Minister, issues such as the speed of the process and involvement of workers will be raised.

Ahead of the meeting Tom said: “I firmly believe that the sale process needs slowing down. Selling off over half of Tata’s steel footprint is a very worrying development and could have huge ramifications for the UK steel industry in general. Not to mention the impact on workers’ pensions across all UK Tata sites.

“Tata urgently need to sit down with the workforce and reassure them that it will not repeat recent tactics, such as those evidenced at the Tata labs in Grangetown, where national agreements were reneged upon.

“Following my request, I am pleased that I was able to get Trade Unions a seat at the negotiating table. This will ensure that all those involved will be both well informed and focussed on acting in the best interests of the workforce.”

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