Steelmaker Corus to cut 2,000 British jobs as demand nosedives

<div>Europe&rsquo;s second largest steelmaker Corus said yesterday it was planning to cut a further 1,922 jobs in Britain&rsquo;s industrial heartlands, alongside axing another 123 staff in the Netherlands.<br /><br />Of the jobs to be cut in Britain, some 800 will go from Corus&rsquo; engineering steel sites in the northern English towns of Rotherham and Stocksbridge, while in the Netherlands, the jobs will go from the Corus Tubes division.<br /><br />Office workers will not escape the cull, with some 500 white-collar jobs under threat in Scunthorpe. Unemployment in Britain is already running at its highest rate in more than a decade.<br /><br />Corus, part of India&rsquo;s Tata Steel, said the cuts were necessary to cope with the decline in steel demand.</div>