The previously announced loss of a thousand FTEs at Tata Steel IJmuiden has been canceled, according to the FNV union. The union campaigned for weeks at the former Hoogovens. Tata Steel Netherlands confirms that it has reached an agreement with the FNV.
Earlier, Tata Steel Europe announced a reorganization that would lose thousands of jobs, including a thousand full-time jobs in IJmuiden. The Dutch CEO of Tata Steel Netherlands resigned in mid-May, since then it has been restless in IJmuiden.
According to Tata Steel Netherlands, a reduction in the total number of jobs is not excluded, in any case there will be no compulsory redundancies. "We discuss the necessary plans and the resulting reduction in jobs with the works council, and
the numbers in the final management decision, after consultation, are leading," said Tata.
"The previously set goal to reduce the number of jobs by a thousand in the reorganization plan is now off the table," said a spokesperson for FNV Metaal. "If in the future it turns out that a reduction is still necessary, then Tata must come up with a new, well-substantiated plan that must then be discussed with the works council."
According to the FNV, agreements have also been made about investments and how to deal with environmental problems. “After 25 days of strike, the management of Tata Steel finally listens to the wishes of the employees. There is a firm agreement, which we are now submitting to our members as soon as possible. ”
According to the union, the agreement was concluded while there was still a strike. In addition to commitments on job and investment retention, the union has also agreed to work less for older workers, with wages and pension accrual largely being spared.
Finally, Tata would also have undertaken not to sell parts of the Dutch branch of the company and not to outsource important work.