Tata Steel IJmuiden workers restart strike after pause

Workers at units of Tata Steel IJmuiden restarted strikes on Sunday, having halted strike action the previous Wednesday, Kallanish learns from trade unions.

Workers decided to give the company time to respond to their requests, pausing demonstrations and strikes from Wednesday last week. Nevertheless, the company did not issue a final position on workers’ demands and new strikes started on Sunday at the docks of the steelmaking plant.

The ongoing strikes are now hitting the mill for the third consecutive week and are reported to be the first of these actions seen in almost three decades. According to trade unions, “…more than 20 teams and departments have left all their work,” during the last three weeks of intermittent strikes.

“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.”