Strikes continue to affect Tata Steel IJmuiden

A new series of strikes has hit production at the integrated site of Tata Steel Europe in IJmuiden, Kallanish learns from sources.

According to local unions in the Netherlands, strikes have continued for a second consecutive week, intermittently affecting a number of units at the mill. Last week, crude steel production was again affected by demonstrations. This week, new stoppages have been reported at the hot-dip galvanizing lines.

Strikes officially started on 10 June, the first time in 28 years that such an event occurred at the IJmuiden plant.

“Since Tata Steel Europe announced last year that it would reorganise on behalf of the Indian owners, the company has been unsettled,” says the FNV labour federation. “Employees of the profitable Tata Steel Netherlands fear that they will have to integrate with the loss-making Tata Steel UK. In addition, they want, among other things, that the management guarantees there will be no redundancies and that no jobs will be cut until at least 2026.”