Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
UK, Netherlands + other locations in the world
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Basic Metals
24.1 - Manufacture of basic iron and steel and of ferro-alloys

3,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
18 November 2019
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2020
Foreseen end date


Tata Steel has announced to cut 3,000 jobs across its European operations to cope with 'unprecedented' market conditions. About two-thirds of the job cuts will affect administrative support services. The announcement was made without any consultation with worker representatives in the UK, according to the Guardian.

In a statement, published on 18 November, the European Works Council (EWC) highlights that the employee representatives opinion, while acknowledging that there are challenges across Tata Steel Europe,  is that 'this transformation programme is a direct result of Tata’s failure to deliver the joint venture with ThyssenKrupp and the complete absence of any plan B'. The EWC believes that employees should not pay the price for Tata’s failures, and they oppose compulsory redundancies in the Netherlands, the UK and elsewhere in Europe.

On 27 November, the management has announced to the European Works Council that job cuts will mainly occur in the UK (1,000 positions) and in the Netherlands (1,600 positions). The remain job cuts will occur in its operations elsewhere in the world.

Update 13/03/2020: Tata Steel has revised to 1,250 the number of job cuts in the EU in the framework of the worldwide reorganisation announced in November 2019.  The company stated that it has ecountered difficulties due to a number of reasons: cost of raw materials, decrease in manufacturing activity, competition against Chinese imports, and the current coronavirus pandemic. The job reductions measures involve a mix of redundancies and non-replacement of departing employees (retiring or leaving  the company).



Eurofound (2019), Tata Steel, Internal restructuring in World, factsheet number 99164, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/99164.