Bethan Jenkins AM has taken the opportunity to ask the Welsh Government for assurances on the safety of steelworkers, following a Port Talbot Magnet investigation.
Last week, Magnet concluded an investigation into steelworkers’ concerns, and approached Ms Jenkins for a comment. The story is on the front page of Magnet’s July edition, out tomorrow.
Earlier today, the Plaid Cymru regional Assembly Member asked the Welsh Government for a statement.
“A trickle of concerns from constituents has turned into a torrent, with complaints of safety concerns from employees being ignored, men working in extremely hot areas not being given adequate time to rehydrate and cool down, and staff being pressed into working overtime on their days off as a direct result of inadequate numbers.
“The last thing we want there is an accident, but that is the fear among many of my constituents at present and I would like to know whether the Welsh Government has heard these concerns – perhaps from the unions, for example – and whether it has spoken with Tata about them.
I have compiled a list of complaints if the minister or any of her colleagues would like me to write to you about it.”
Jane Hutt, Minister for Business, said: “I think it’s very important to recognise that Tata Steel has stated that its top priority is the safety and health of all those who work in and with the group. My understanding is that unions have been discussing this issue with Tata Steel—it’s got a statutory obligation to conform to those regulations and standards set by the Health and Safety Executive and they are engaging the unions in discussing these issues.”