Unite, one of the largest unions in Wales, has described Tata's announcement of 400 job losses at its Port Talbot site in South Wales as a ‘huge blow to the Welsh economy.’
Unite Wales Secretary, Andy Richards said:
“Tata's announcement today is a huge blow to the Welsh economy. The Port Talbot steelworks are of great strategic importance to Wales and job losses on this scale are going to have a massive detrimental effect, especially in the South West Wales area.
Whilst we recognise that the international steel market is a tough one today’s announcement, which is only 18 months after the last cuts, is really tough to take.
It is our view that the only way further job losses can be avoided is through a long term investment programme. Unite calls upon Tata, along with the Welsh and UK Governments to invest in the future of steel making in Wales.
Unite will be doing everything in its power to support the highly skilled and loyal workforce at Port Talbot. They have always delivered, it is now up to Tata and UK Government to step up to the plate and deliver in terms of a structured long term investment programme”.
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey and the Wales Secretary is Andy Richards.
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