MP in plea to Cameron on steel jobs axe

29 November 2012

ABERAVON MP Hywel Francis is backing calls for an urgent meeting with Prime Minister David Cameron on Tata Steel’s decision to axe nearly 600 jobs in Wales, including around 500 in Port Talbot.

Hywel Francis MP at Pontrhydyfen Bridge

Action call: MP Hywel Francis.

He said: “I was pleased the meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Steel has agreed unanimously to call for an urgent meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss problems facing the steel industry, particularly the high energy costs it faces.”
Most of the 500 jobs that are going in Port Talbot are management and administrative posts, Tata says. In total, some 900 jobs are being axed around the UK, including the 600 in South Wales.
But the number 4 blast furnace at Margam is to be re-lit early in next year, as part of a £250 million investment programme, and 120 jobs will be created at a new hot strip rolling mill at Llanwern, Newport.
Tata said demand for steel in Europe had dropped by 25 per cent since 2007, and was forecast to fall by another 10 per cent this year.
Welsh Secretary David Jones has already agreed to visit the steelworks at Port Talbot to discuss the redundancy proposals.

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