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.

The community union said it was seeking urgent clarification from the company and that staff had not been consulted.

The Tata group was invited to comment.


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.”

Production fears

A community spokesperson, the metal workers’ union, said it was “an absolute disgrace” if these plans had been made because he said there had been no consultation.

“We are asking for urgent clarification from Tata, but rest assured that the unions will not accept the end of steel production from blast furnaces at Port Talbot, which would render the UK unable to manufacture 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. ”

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.

The BBC has contacted Tata UK for comment but has yet to receive a response.


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