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Update Friday 29 April 2016: SSI steel works: information for employees and creditors

Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK Limited (SSI) has been wound up in the High Court and the Official Receiver has been appointed as liquidator.

Update: 29 April 2016

On 21 March 2016, the Employment Tribunal decided to make a protective award of 90 days’ pay to employees of Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK Limited (in liquidation) represented by the GMB, Unite and Community Trade Union, and some individuals, because the company failed to inform and consult about a collective redundancy situation in accordance with its legal obligations.

Because SSI UK is insolvent and unable to meet the terms of the award, the Insolvency Service’s Redundancy Payments Service (RPS) can arrange for some of the award to be paid out of the National Insurance Fund.

SSI update: answers for employees (PDF, 83.6KB, 2 pages)

Redundancy payments

Redundancy Payments Service
PO Box 16685

B2 2LX

Contact the redundancy payments enquiry line during office hours (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday) for information about redundancy and about what redundancy payments offices do. Emails sent outside of these times won’t be received until the next working day.

We can also give you general information regarding outstanding redundancy or loss of notice claims you’ve submitted to us.

Paper claim forms or claim related documentation should be mailed to the address listed above. Make sure you include your name and your National Insurance Number or Claim Reference Number.

If you were self-employed and provided services to SSI you are not entitled to a redundancy payment. You will be a creditor in the liquidation.

Information for creditors

If you have supplied goods or services to SSI for which you have not been paid you will be a creditor in the liquidation. Part of the business is continuing to operate and suppliers will be contacted to establish the protocols and arrangements in respect of ongoing supply to the site. To make a claim for the money you are owed email the Official Receiver providing your company details and the amount you are owed. Please put ‘SSI – creditor’ in the subject line of your email. If you do not have access to email you can telephone the Insolvency Enquiry Line.

Insolvency enquiry line

For information about the insolvency process contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line during office hours (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday). Emails sent outside of these times won’t be received until the next working day.

We can give you general information about: insolvency, what official receivers do and where you can go to get the information or advice you need.

We can’t give you: legal or financial advice, information on specific insolvency cases, information or advice on matters directly relating to other government departments.

Information for interested parties

The Official Receiver has been approached in respect of various assets at Redcar Steel Works and these approaches have or are being considered. There are a number of assets on the site including the coke ovens and the blast furnace. The Official Receiver will consider any approach for any asset, but the coke ovens and the blast furnace are no longer assets as going concerns and may only have break up value.

If you have an interest in purchasing the assets of SSI please contact the Official Receiver. Please put ‘SSI – Asset Purchase’ in the subject line of your email.

Information for suppliers

Any purchase orders issued by the Company before the winding up order should be considered cancelled with immediate effect. Any monies owing in relation to previous orders will rank as an unsecured claim in the liquidation. Please do not supply any goods ordered prior to the winding up order without the authorisation of the liquidator or one of his authorised representatives.

Goods and services supplied during the period of the liquidation will be paid for out of the assets coming into the hands of the liquidator provided that the order is in writing and signed by one of the authorised representatives. The liquidator is currently reviewing purchase orders issued by the Company before his appointment and is in the process of contacting relevant suppliers about those orders and providing them with details of the authorised representatives. On receipt of the first such order, you should open a new account in the Company’s name for goods or services provided after the appointment of the liquidator against duly authorised orders. It is essential that you include the liquidator’s order numbers on all invoices for goods and services supplied during the liquidation.