Jessica Morden

Labour MP for Newport East

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The news that TATA is to mothball the hot strip mill yet again is devastating news for all the affected workers and their families.  I hope that it will prove only to be a temporary measure.  With other MP’s in the Parliamentary Steel Group, I have been calling for intervention from the UK Government to stand up for steel andsupport the industry, and today’s announcement is further evidence of this need.

I have asked for a meeting with TATA to discuss the situation and will be raising the matter with Government Ministers.

Response from the Trade Unions

Responding to Tata Steel's announcement that jobs will be lost across Tata Steel's Llanwern and Port Talbot plants, Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community and Chair of the National Trade Union Steel Coordinating Committee, said:

"We fully acknowledge that Tata Steel, and indeed the entire UK steel industry, is under huge pressure to reduce costs and become sustainable. Cripplingly high energy costs combined with the strength of the pound and a flood of Chinese imports are killing the industry and we desperately need government to Stand up for Steel and make a game-changing intervention.

However it is extremely regretful that most of those to be laid-off are highly motivated and committed young people, currently employed through an agency but who hoped to pursue a career within Tata Steel. It's tragic that these young people, who have been trained up by Tata and in normal circumstances would be considered the future of the business, are being let go in the drive to cut costs and remain competitive in the global marketplace.

Harish Patel, National Officer for Steel at Unite, said:

"The announcement of yet more job losses is of course very disappointing and forms part of a trend we need to put a stop to now. Government, trade unions and employers all need to get behind this industry which supports tens of thousands of families and has such an important contribution to make to our economic future."

David Hulse, National Officer for GMB, said:

"We all know that these are dark days for the steel industry, not only in the UK but pretty much everywhere else too. However this company is blessed with the most highly-skilled and dedicated workforce I've ever come across and I have no doubt they will see this company through providing they're given a fair chance."

Alan Coombs, Community Branch Secretary and Chair of the Port Talbot Multi-Union Committee, said:

"The workforce understands the challenges facing the business and we'll do everything in our power to get us back in the black. That having been said, Tata has to understand that you can't cut your way back to profitability. Tata needs to deliver on its promises to the workforce and drive through the planned investments in Port Talbot, and that includes building the new power station as well as the other investments we need to keep up with the competition.

"This workforce has consistently delivered on everything that has been asked of them and in return we expect Tata to honour the commitments they've made on investment; if there is any deviation from that we will be demanding a meeting with senior management to clarify the position."
 

 

 

Response to TATA steel announcement about mothballing the hot strip mill at Llanwern

The news that TATA is to mothball the hot strip mill yet again is devastating news for all the affected workers and their families.  I hope that it will prove...

Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Minster for Disabled People, speaking ahead of Iain Duncan Smith’s speech this morning, said: 

“In the last Parliament the Tories overspent by £8.7 billion on incapacity benefit, and their disastrous Work Capability Assessment has been plagued with problems with contractors, poor assessments, and costly appeals. 

"Ministers need to focus on providing tailored support for disabled people who can work in order to help them do so. Cutting the benefits of those who aren’t able to work, such as those with Parkinson’s or Cancer, is punishing sick and disabled people for the Government’s own failures." 

 

Shadow Minister's response to Ian Duncan Smiths speech about disability benefits

Kate Green MP, Labour’s Shadow Minster for Disabled People, speaking ahead of Iain Duncan Smith’s speech this morning, said:  “In the last Parliament the Tories overspent by £8.7 billion on incapacity...

The Welsh Government have just announced 'Public Information Exhibitions' in September about the proposals for the M4 corridor. The ones in our area are:

Nash Community Centre NP18 2DD

Monday 14 September 11am - 7:30pm
Tuesday 15 September 11am - 7:30pm

Magor Ebenezer Baptist Church NP26 3HY
Wednesday 16 September 11am - 7:30pm
Thursday 17 September 11am - 7:30pm

Newport Kingsway Shopping Centre
NP20 1EW Monday 21 September 9am - 5:30pm

Newport Lysaght Institute NP19 0HE
Friday 25 September 11am - 7:30pm
Saturday 26 September 10am - 4pm

There are other dates so here is a link to the website with the full details including how to get to the exhibitions.

http://gov.wales/topics/transport/roads/schemes/m4-road/m4/?lang=en

 

 

 

Welsh Government announces public information exhibitions about M4 corridor

The Welsh Government have just announced 'Public Information Exhibitions' in September about the proposals for the M4 corridor. The ones in our area are:


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