Labour MP for Redcar, Anna Turley, said today’s announcement of 140 job losses at Boulby potash mine is ‘disappointing news for the local economy’.
“This is disappointing news and my immediate thoughts are with the workforce and their families affected by this announcement.
“Whilst ICL UK have been clear that reductions to the workforce would be made by 2018 when supplies of their traditional potash fertiliser stock are expected to completely run out, it is nevertheless unwelcome news for the local economy, which has already sustained a large number of job losses in the last year.
“With work due to be starting on a new biomass energy plant at Teesport in the coming weeks and the planned Sirius Minerals potash mine near Whitby, there are new work opportunities on the horizon which could utilise the skills of these workers. I will do all I can, working with ICL, the trade unions, and others to ensure the affected workforce get the support they need in the meantime.”