Unite, one of the largest unions in Wales, has welcomed Welsh government moves to bring together the main players in the steel industry in Wales to put together a much needed strategy for steel.
Unite Wales secretary Andy Richards said:
"Our members working in the steel industry in Wales very much welcome the Welsh government’s prompt and helpful action in calling the main players in our steel industry together in order to put together a much needed strategy for steel in Wales.
"Whilst the industry faces and has faced of late many well documented challenges we are optimistic that by working together in partnership in Wales – the Welsh government, industry and unions – we can develop and implement an industrial strategy that will not only safeguard jobs but serve the industry in Wales into the future.
"Our industry in Wales and across the UK needs action not inaction from government and action is certainly what we are getting for the government here in Wales – a government that has a record of supporting workplaces and workforces through progressive procurement and other such means. We will be now looking to build on this record together in the interests of one of the proud industries of Wales."
Representatives from Unite attended a summit this morning (5 November) convened by the minister for economy Edwina Hart AM alongside other key stakeholders from industry and unions in steel in Wales.
For further information please contact the Unite Wales Strategic Support Unit on 02920 394521
Notes to editors
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey and the Wales Secretary is Andy Richards.