Tata Steel is planning to cut 850 jobs in IJmuiden, FNV confirms after reporting The Telegraph Wednesday. The company would like to cut jobs through natural attrition, not by forcibly firing people.
It has been unsettled at Tata Steel for a long time. Two years ago, the company announced that it wanted to cut 1,650 jobs in the Netherlands. Earlier this year, it looked like that number would be revised down. This summer, the unions campaigned for weeks in IJmuiden and the company adjusted its plans again: almost no more people would be fired.
Those plans have now changed again, says Roel Berghuis of FNV to NU.nl. This morning at 10 am he had a meeting with the European and Dutch management of Tata Steel together with the other unions.
“A minute after we started, we got the message that 850 jobs will be lost. The consultation was then stopped and we asked what was going on,” he says. “Then that number was confirmed. It was apparently discussed in a morning meeting between the English and the Dutch.”
‘This is a breach of trust’
Berghuis says that he and the other unions have made it immediately clear that they find the plan unacceptable. “This is a breach of trust,” he says. Ultimately, the unions would come up with a number together with Tata Steel. The fact that Tata Steel has already determined that number is “impossible” to Berghuis. “We distance ourselves from this and we have overrun the consultation.”
Also director Peter Böeseken of CNV Vakmensen was stunned this morning during the meeting. “With this the management really creates its own unrest in the workplace. My members no longer feel that they are taken seriously and will set the steps in motion at the slightest thing,” he says.
Tata Steel herself did not want to respond to the news yet.
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