Britain’s largest union, Unite today (Wednesday 5 November) called for a taskforce originally set up to secure the future of Murco’s Milford Haven oil refinery to be reconvened following the collapse of the refinery’s sale to Klesch Refining Limited.
Representatives from the union will be holding urgent meetings with Welsh government ministers later today and will press the UK’s Westminster government to intervene in a bid to secure an alternative buyer.
The refinery which employs over 400 people is a key asset to Wales and the wider UK economy and its closure could undermine the future security of fuel supply, warned Unite.
Commenting, Unite Wales secretary Andy Richards said: “Milford Haven is a crucial asset to the Welsh economy and its permanent closure would not only be a huge blow for jobs in Wales, but potentially undermine the security of future fuel supplies for the UK.
“We need to urgently reconvene the taskforce originally set up to ensure that all the key players are working together to secure the refinery’s future.
“The workforce has shown great professionalism and resilience in these deeply uncertain times and need to be assured that every avenue will be explored to ensure there is a future for oil refining at Milford Haven.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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.