Steel maker Corus is cutting 2,000 more jobs at UK plants including Teesside, Scunthorpe and Rotherham, the BBC said in a report published on its website today.
The report noted that about 500 white-collar jobs would go at Scunthorpe, while more than 400 jobs are thought to be at risk on Teesside and 800 in Rotherham.
Even though the company is yet to announce the job losses, the BBC said Labour MP Elliott Morley confirmed the news.
Quoting Morley, the report said he was disappointed at the level of cuts and that he had told the firm that job cuts should be a last resort.
The priority is to see if all the job losses are necessary and whether they can be voluntary rather then compulsory, he was quoted as saying.
According to the BBC, in January, the firm announced a series of cost-cutting measures, which including mothballing a steel mill in South Wales as well as 3,500 job cuts worldwide, including the 2,500 in the UK.
One of the British trade union -- Community Union -- in a statement today said the move to cut jobs at Corus plants as devastating and called for government intervention.