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MPs and AMs join Unite call for UK Government to give Welsh steel sector the ‘priority it deserves’

19 April 2018

EMBARGOED: 00:01 hrs Friday 20 April 2018

Labour Assembly Members and MPs will be joining steel workers and Unite officials at Tata’s Shotton steel plant today (Friday 20 April) to discuss the major challenges facing the Welsh and UK steel industry.

Chief among the issues will be ensuring the UK government gives the Welsh steel sector the priority it deserves and can operate on a level playing field post-Brexit with tariff free access to the European Union, protection from the dumping of cheap foreign steel, in addition to action on energy costs and a UK sector deal for steel.

Today’s visit takes place a day before the Wales Labour Party Conference in Llandudno where Unite will be placing the Steel industry at the heart of conferences agenda. During the Conference a major report initiated by Unite will highlight the challenges and lay out an action plan to support steel workers and their communities.

Speaking ahead of the Shotton visit Wales Secretary Andy Richards commented:

“Shotton is a vitally important component in Tata’s Welsh operations. Along with its sister plants it is absolutely central to the future success of the Welsh economy. Unite has worked closely with Welsh Government to put in place the maximum support possible in order to generate a viable future for the Welsh steel industry.

The message that we are sending out today and during this weekend’s Labour Party conference however is that it is time for the UK Government to play its part. There are a range of areas in which they need to act to ensure that the Welsh steel industry can operate on a level playing field post Brexit. These include tariff free access to European markets, protection from the dumping of cheap foreign steel, action on energy costs and a UK sector deal for steel.

Unite believes that the greatest threat facing the industry is inaction from a UK Government that refuses to afford the sector the priority it deserves”.

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For further information and to arrange media interviews please contact either Glyn Conolly (07974 131771) or Mary Williams 07768931270.

Notes to editors:

The visit to Shotton Steel will take place from 11am – 1pm pn Friday 20th April.

Media are invited to conduct interviews with representatives of the delegation immediately before or after the visit.

The Welsh Labour AMs and MPs attending are:

David Rees AM-Aberavon, John Griffiths-AM Newport East; Hannah Blythyn AM-Delyn; Jack Sargeant AM-Alyn & Deeside; Mark Tami MP-Alyn & Deeside; Christina Rees MP-Neath.

Unite Wales Officials will be attending including Steel Sector officer Paul Evans.