Tata Steel Netherlands workforce prepares for further strikes

Unions at Tata Steel Netherlands have voted in favour of strikes and demonstrations during the coming days to demand the company safeguards the Dutch unit in Tata Steel’s European asset reorganisation.

The unions started to organise rallies at the end of May, when the head of Tata Steel Netherlands, Theo Henrar, left the company. Since then, Tata Steel Europe has communicated to workers that it will not implement new job cuts until at least October 2021, as originally agreed. However, these reassurances have not stopped unions from deciding to prepare further strikes, Kallanish notes.

Workers at the Dutch unit are demanding Tata Steel completely drops plans to integrated the local company with the British arm. They also want to scrap any plans to sell the group’s Dutch companies as part of the asset reorganisation.

Last year the company announced the intention to cut 3,000 jobs, but this figure was later reduced. Since the coronavirus pandemic began, however, decisions on this matter have been delayed until at least July.