This deal will have devastating consequences for jobs and workers… It will rip the heart out of the Port Talbot community”.
Gary Smith, General Secretary of GMB
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak defended the government’s position saying it is “absolutely committed” to British steelmaking, but acknowledged it “will be a worrying time for everyone affected”.
The UK Government have said it will support employees in finding a new job by setting aside £100 million to help former workers transition and develop the skills they need to find a new job.
Councillor Rob Jones, leader of the Labour group in Neath Port Talbot, told CJS News this was not enough.
“Tata steel is the lifeblood of Port Talbot and the wider community…£100 million in relation to the scale of the job losses, the infrastructure spends… is like putting a sticking plaster on it. It’s not going to do anything”.
Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford described the news as “devastating” to both workers and communities throughout South Wales.
He has requested a meeting with the Prime Minister for “urgent discussions”.