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Steelworker’s passionate speech about his works

Community - 16th April 2019

“To say it’s been a difficult and tough few years for our steel industry would be an understatement.”

Trostre steelworker Andrew Bragoli speaking at Welsh Labour Conference

Andrew Bragoli, a Community rep at Tata Steel’s Trostre plant in South Wales, gave a passionate speech at the Welsh Labour Party Conference about the future of his works.

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“To say it’s been a difficult and tough few years for our steel industry would be an understatement. As steelworkers we’ve fought tirelessly through uncertainty to keep our industry alive.

“But conference, I stand here today asking for your support, as once again our jobs are at risk and futures are uncertain. We’re facing uncertainty around Brexit, around Trump’s tariffs and the dumping of cheap Chinese steel.

“And this month we’re facing even more uncertainty, and disappointingly at Trostre, that’s from our company.

“I started work at the Trostre plant straight from school more than 40 years ago. Trostre is a major employer in Llanelli, and hugely important for the local economy and community. The plant employs 650 workers, many of whom are my colleagues and friends, and many more who are contractors.

“We’re proud to be bringing in and celebrating a younger workforce at Trostre and have recently taken on a 100 new starters at the works.

“So, in early April you can imagine my surprise when I heard my workplace was potentially up for sale. But I didn’t hear that from proper communication with the company, I heard that through reports in the media.

“Conference, that’s nothing short of shambolic.”

Watch the video above for the full speech.