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Over 30,000 jobs at risk over British Steel collapse

Christian Fernsby |
The number of jobs at risk from the collapse of British Steel is higher than previously thought, bombshell new analysis from GMB shows.

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The fresh revelation that 32,633 jobs hang in the balance comes as delegates debate an emergency motion on the collapse of British Steel at the union’s annual Congress in Brighton.

Delegates are set to step up the pressure on the government to fully support British workers and contractors.

British Steel’s last Annual Report and Accounts says 4,238 people work for the company but new GMB estimates put the number of supported jobs in the supply chain at 28,395 – leaving a total of 32,633 at risk.

Previous estimates had put the number of jobs at risk at just 25,000 but the new analysis reveals thousands more are in the balance.

"The UK has lost almost half a million manufacturing jobs in the last decade and while the Tory Party leadership candidates debate how much they want to cut the taxes of the richest, our members are looking at a bleak and uncertain future.

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