A statement from John Griffiths MS and I regarding today’s announcement regarding the Liberty Steel site in Newport East.
This news is incredibly hard on the dedicated workforce at Liberty Steel and their families.
The workers have shown the utmost professionalism during unstable times for the company and the wider industry over recent years.
We will be working with the trade unions that represent staff to pursue options available to the workforce at this very difficult time.
“While Liberty has clearly had its issues as a company, today’s news again draws attention to the urgent need for a long-term plan for the steel industry – something which we just haven’t seen from the UK Government,” said Jessica.
“I will be raising this at the earliest possible opportunity with UK government ministers.”
“The Welsh Government Economy Minister Vaughan Gething is very focused on these points and we know he has made them to his UK counterparts at previous meetings of the UK Steel Council,” added John.
Steel is at the heart of communities like ours in Newport East and should also be placed at the centre of a forward-looking, green industrial strategy: it’s an industry we need for our national security and for building the infrastructure of the future.
We need our steel.