Zetland FM Local News - 1st October 2016
A round up of Local News in Redcar and Cleveland for Saturday 1st October 2016.
It's reported that former contract workers at SSI have been awarded a share of £700,000 by an employment judge.
The award follows a lack of consultation when the Redcar plant shut.
It's a year since the steelworks at Redcar closed down, resulting in redundancy for 3,000 staff and contractors.
Yesterday, following a five-day tribunal, 154 workers from contractor Hargreaves were told that will receive a share of the sanction the company have to pay over the way they lost their jobs.
The award each employee will receive is equal to seven weeks pay.
Job vacancies and a range of support is on offer at the SSI Task Force’s latest Jobs Fair and Community Event, which is taking place on Monday in Redcar.
The event is open to everyone who has been affected by unemployment and will feature jobs from a number of employers as well as advice on starting your own business, training and apprenticeship opportunities, financial advice and health and wellbeing advice.
The event takes place on Monday from 10am to 3pm at the Redcar & Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart.
So far over 380 people affected by the SSI closure have found work as a direct result of the jobs fairs and over 180 people have started their own business.
A range of funding schemes is still available to help former SSI workers and those in the supply chain, as well as for employers taking on former workers.
Links to all the SSI Task Force support funds, including eligibility and how to apply, can be found at redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/taskforce.
A local art event is taking place for the first time in our area this weekend.
Artists from across the north-east have taken over the council chamber at the Redcar and Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart for the 'Art in the Heart' event, which is being described as the areas first ever 'arts fair'.
There will be displays of ceramics, glassware, sculpture, digital and contemporary art, plus a chance to chat to the artists themselves.
Budding artists can also get tips and advice, with a number of displays available across the weekend.
The event is open from 10am until 2pm today and tomorrow.