40,000 Yorkshire Steel Jobs Disappeared Since 1981

On Wednesday British Steel, the UK’s second biggest steel company, collapsed putting a further 5,000 steel jobs at risk.

Shocking new figures show more than 40,000 steel jobs have disappeared in Yorkshire since 1981.

Even before British Steel collapse, just 8,600 steel jobs were left in our region with the workforce slashed by 82%.

In 1981 the industry employed 48,600 people, down to just 8,600 in 2017. Yorkshire was the worst hit region in the UK.

On Wednesday British Steel, the UK’s second biggest steel company, collapsed putting a further 5,000 steel jobs at risk.

Ross Murdoch, GMB National Officer, said: "The decline of the steel industry in Yorkshire and the Humber is devastating to see.

"Consecutive UK governments have failed to protect our proud steel heritage, and now Theresa May is overseeing its demise.

“Ministers must be prepared to make use of all the options – including nationalisation – in order to save our steel industry.

"We need a genuine commitment to manufacturing in the UK which focuses on investment in infrastructure and improvements to technology and training. 

"It's time the Government took its hands out of their pockets and stood up for steel."

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