By Tom Käckenhoff
DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Thyssenkrupp's powerful labour chief said workers would resist shutting down capacity in any merger of the German industrial group's European steel business with that of peer Tata Steel.
"We have capacities that are worth preserving, and we will fight for that," Wilhelm Segerath, who represents the works council on Thyssenkrupp's supervisory board, told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.
"I don't see any strengthening (of Thyssenkrupp) through a merger with Tata," Segerath said, adding he would prefer a sale of Thyssenkrupp's steel plant in Brazil.
Thyssenkrupp's works council, which represents 28,000 steelworkers, has made clear it will resist any move that could cost jobs or see the firm abandon its 200-year-old steelmaking roots.
Earlier this month, a union source told Reuters that Tata could close its defined-benefit pension scheme to future accruals as a way to cut the massive deficit that is the major stumbling block to a deal.
(Writing by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Keith Weir)
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