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National steel strike leads to earlier closure

Redundancy money was paid out at the Shotwick Counselling Centre during the early part of 1980. The estimated cost of redundancy was £60m. and the average payout was £9,000 depending on length of service and other factors. A pamphlet is published urging the redundant men and women not to “blow” the money…”invest and give yourself time to think what to do with it.”

Over 8,500 men and women are eventually counselled by their colleagues and specialists during the largest operation of its kind in British industry.

The national steel strike lasts from 2nd January to 3rd April 1980 during which all departments at Shotton are closed.