Tata Steel: Job feared in Port Talbot about the furnace plan

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There are just over 4000 people employed at Tata in Port Talbot


There are fears that “thousands and thousands” of jobs are at risk at Tata Steel in Port Talbot.

Aberavon MP Stephen Kinnock said plans to shut down two blast furnaces and replace them with electric arc furnaces raised “big questions” about the future of the steel industry.

But the Tata group said no decision had been made and called the reports “unfounded speculation”.

The community union said it was looking for urgent clarification from society.

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Labor MP Stephen Kinnock voiced concern over plans


Kinnock said he discovered through newspaper articles that Tata Steel had presented the plan to the British government.

“They should not be making these kinds of proposals without first discussing them with workers and unions,” he said.

“What I would also say is that the blast furnaces at the Port Talbot steelworks are an absolutely vital part of primary steel production in Wales and the UK, and if you don’t these blast furnaces, you cannot – with an arc furnace model – to produce something like the same quality and the same variations of steel.

“So this proposal raises huge questions and the future of the industry – thousands and thousands of jobs are at stake.”

‘Baseless speculation’

In a statement, a spokesperson for Tata Steel Europe said its operations in the UK were facing “structural challenges” caused by the pandemic.

“We are in active talks with the UK government on several options for the future of our UK operations, including potential cooperation and government involvement to create a sustainable carbon footprint for the future.

“Discussions with the government are constructive and ongoing, and at this stage no decision has been made.

“It would therefore be inappropriate to comment on unsubstantiated speculation about the outcome of these discussions or the potential impact of any changes to securing our long-term sustainable future.

“If and when we have progress to report, we will first inform our employees and consult with our employee representatives. “

Production fears

A spokesperson for Community, the steelworkers’ union, said: “We are asking Tata for urgent clarification, but rest assured that the unions will not accept the end of blast furnace steel production at Port Talbot this time. which would make the UK unable to make a range of specialty steels.

“Steel production accounts for half of the jobs in Port Talbot and this plan would devastate the town and the community.

“If necessary, we will be ready to fight to protect the livelihoods of our members and the future of our industry. “

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Tata says no decision has been made


It comes weeks after Tata Steel confirmed it was seeking government support amid reports it was close to securing a bailout worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

The steel industry was suffering before the pandemic but demand has now fallen.

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