Spotlight on Steel Industry at Talks

Assembly committee meeting unions and steel bosses

The National Assembly's Enterprise and Business Committee has been considering the current uncertainty facing the Welsh steel industry in a meeting this morning.

Hundreds of job losses were announced at the Tata owned plants in Port Talbot and Trostre earlier this year, and there is concern more are at risk with the industry affected by cheap imports from countries including China.

The Committee has today heard from steel companies including Tata, Celsa and Liberty Steel. It has also heard from unions including Unite and the GMB before taking evidence from the Welsh Government Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart AM.

"The steel industry is an important part of the Welsh economy accounting for billions of pounds in revenue and supporting thousands of jobs directly and indirectly," said William Graham AM, Chair of the Enterprise and Business Committee.

"Recent events and challenges facing the industry are very real and very concerning with so many highly skilled workers and their families facing uncertain times.

"The Committee has taken the decision to ask the steel producers, unions and the Welsh Government where we are, what is being done to support it, and what lies in store for the future of Welsh steel."


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