Tata Steel has revealed its decision to eliminate approximately 800 positions at its struggling facility in IJmuiden, near Amsterdam. This decision is part of an effort to reduce operational costs, according to AFP reports.
As of now, the IJmuiden plant employs about 9,200 individuals. The workforce reduction is anticipated to affect approximately 500 full-time employees, predominantly those in managerial and support roles. Around 300 temporary positions may also be eliminated.
Given the challenges in the steel market, Tata Steel Netherlands is taking significant steps for long-term competitiveness and profitability. These job cuts at Ijmuiden are part of these measures, and Tata Steel acknowledges the need for more action. The company is willing to discuss possible layoffs with the unions and is working on a social plan.
In the Netherlands, the company has been accused by health authorities and locals of causing significant air, soil and water pollution, which has apparently resulted in widespread illnesses. These allegations of illegal and purposeful pollution led to a criminal investigation by Dutch prosecutors a year ago.
According to Reuters, Tata’s IJmuiden steel factory accounts for approximately seven per cent of the total carbon dioxide emissions in the Netherlands, establishing it as the largest individual contributor to pollution in the country.