Plaid Cymru respond to latest announcement from TATA Steel UK

RESPONDING to the news that TATA plans to go ahead with potential 3,000 job losses in Wales, Plaid Cymru’s Economy Spokesperson, Luke Fletcher MS, who is also a Member of the Senedd for South Wales West, which covers Port Talbot, said:


“Tata’s decision to push ahead with job losses in south Wales is utterly catastrophic.


“This is going to have a devastating impact on not only the people of Port Talbot and its neighbouring communities but on the local and national economy of Wales.


“Plaid Cymru stands in absolute solidarity with the thousands of workers and their families impacted by today’s announcement.


“Wales is facing the absolute annihilation of the steel industry. The Westminster Government has allowed this key strategic industry to wither on the vine.


“The key question now is whether or not UK Government is happy to lose the ability to produce new steel and become the only country in the G20 unable to produce steel from scratch.


“To safeguard our ability to produce steel from scratch, to protect jobs, the UK Government must now nationalise the plant in Port Talbot.


“Decarbonisation and transitioning to a green economy should not and must not come at the expense of highly skilled, dedicated workers.


“Plaid Cymru believes that Wales’ most important asset is our people and our workforce.


“The Welsh Government’s focus must be on re-training and re-skilling to ensure workers keep their jobs and transition to carbon-neutral steelmaking.


“Welsh Government must also immediately undertake a national skills audit, to truly understand key sectors where reskilling and training is needed to maintain steel making capabilities, and allow a just green transition.”


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