The news many have been dreading has been announced today. More than 1,000 jobs will be lost at Tata Steel in Wales, 750 of them from the works at Port Talbot.
The plant currently employs around 4,000 people, and it is estimated a further 12,000 jobs are supported by Tata’s supply chain.
However it is currently thought to be losing millions of pounds a week. The glut of cheap Chinese steel has been blamed for Tata’s losses.
Wales’s first minister, Carwyn Jones, has called the news “a devastating blow” for Wales.
Aberavon MP Steven Kinnock said he would now do all he could to rally round those affected by the news.
He said: “I deeply regret today’s announcement. The Port Talbot steel works is the beating heart of our economy, and of our community.
“I have been pressing the government for several months to roll up its sleeves and take action on the dumping of Chinese steel, the extortionate business rates and the unhelpful procurement policies that are major road-blocks for the steel industry. Unfortunately, all we have heard from the Secretary of State and his team are warm words and excuses.”
David Rees, Aberavon’s AM, called on the UK Government to step in to help the Welsh steel industry. He said “Ever since I can remember the steelworks has been central to our local economy and the livelihoods of many people, not just in Port Talbot but across the region. I went to school with many current and former steel workers whilst having taught others and I know the impact this will have on them, their families and our communities. We must all work together to secure the future of the steelworks and of our local economy to ensure a future for our town.”
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