Redcar MP Ian Swales has written to union chiefs in a bid to resolve the industrial action at the SSI steelworks.
Ian has written to the General Secretary and the President of the TUC as well as the Community and Unite unions.
In the letter Ian stresses that the action is delaying the long awaited restart of the plant and is bound to have a negative impact on the reputation of the UK and on attempts to invigorate the manufacturing industry.
Commenting, Ian Swales MP said:
‘This action is coming at the worst possible time for the plant. As it enters the final stages of reopening it is unfortunate that a minority of people are making it difficult to complete the job on time.
‘The issue appears to be over national contracts and has nothing to do with SSI. I hope it can be resolved as quickly as possible so that we can soon celebrate the long awaited restart of the steelworks.’
However Tom Blenkinsop MP hit out at Ian Swales, for the ‘reckless comments’ he made about the steel union, Community Trade Union and its members.
Tom said “Ian spoke to me on the train about some recent disturbances outside the steel house roundabout.
“I told him clearly that these, very few, men had nothing to do with the SSI workforce. And were outside contractors who are not members of not the main Union at SSI, Community.
“It’s a pity he has deliberately ignored these facts to attempt to lie to the public and score cheap political points in a Tory-union baiting fashion.
“He should be continuing to thank Community Union who led the Save Our Steel campaign, which he was so happy to jump on board last May, after all the hard work had been done by men such as Geoff Waterfield himself a Community Union member.
“It is just a shame the MP for Redcar is more interested in scoring cheap union-baiting points, whilst misleading the public, rather than constructively helping our local steel industry.”