TIMELINE: A turbulent six months for the UK steel industry

The UK steel industry is facing a fight for its survival after going through a devastating six months since May 2015.

More than 4,000 jobs are being axed across the industry as several plants have been mothballed and some companies have gone into administration, including Sahaviriya Steel Industries (SSI) UK’s 3.6 million-tpy slab plant on Teesside, in north-east England.
UK steel industry representatives, members of parliament (MPs) and trade unions have called urgently on the British government to intervene before steel production in the country is ended.
How did the UK steel industry get into this position?
May 6, 2015
Trade unions begin balloting Tata Steel’s UK workers on whether to take industrial action against the company over the closure of the British Steel pension scheme (BSPS).
The India-based steelmaker inherited the pension scheme when it acquired the mills in Port Talbot in South Wales, and Scunthorpe in northern England, from Corus Group in 2007.
May 7, 2015

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October 22, 2015

20:30 GMT