Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, the steelworkers’ union, has today met with the Prime Minister at the Port Talbot steelworks. He was joined by the lead trade union reps from Port Talbot and Llanwern.
Speaking after the meeting Roy Rickhuss said:
“We welcome the Prime Minister’s visit to Port Talbot today. As soon as I returned from the Tata board meeting in Mumbai, I asked him to meet and I am pleased he has now taken the time to do so.
“In recent weeks I have been speaking regularly with the Business Secretary and have secured commitments from government that will build some confidence in Tata Steel’s customers, suppliers and potential investors.
“The joint announcement by the UK and Welsh governments last week, including the proposal to take up to a 25 per cent stake in the business, was a big step forward and it was good to hear the Prime Minister reiterate that commitment today.
“David Cameron has now joined the growing list of senior politicians who have visited Port Talbot, but today we made it clear that steelworks throughout England and Wales are also under threat. This is a national industrial crisis and the Prime Minister needs to act nationally and indeed globally to secure a sustainable future for the UK steel industry.
“Steelworkers will now be watching and waiting for the Prime Minister to match his words with real action. We need immediate action to save the industry but also a long term plan to give UK steel making a fair chance to compete.
“The Prime Minister has now seen first-hand the great blast furnaces of Port Talbot, both of which will be vital to any future success of the business.
“He looked proud steelworkers in the eye and promised to do all he could to protect their jobs. Our ‘Save Our Steel’ campaign will continue as we hold him to his word.”