Such huge job losses at the Boulby Potash Mine is shattering news.
The announcement by ICL that around 230 jobs are to go will impact massively in East Cleveland but will have consequences right across the Tees Valley. It is certainly not the kind of news workers and their families want at the start of the new year. My thoughts are with all of them and it is essential that those workers receive all the help they need.
They will be able to get help setting up their own businesses which is good news but many will want to re-train and I am therefore calling on the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to work quickly and closely with the Company, the Council and Trade Unions to make sure all those who need such training can access the full range of opportunities available should they need it.