Community is saddened to hear the news of the passing of Rhodri Morgan, former First Minister of Wales, who died aged 77.
Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, said:
“Rhodri was an extremely good friend of Community and our predecessor union the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation. He was a passionate politician and that came through when he talked about Welsh steel. He had a great understanding of the steel industry and always recognised its importance as a foundation of the Welsh economy. Under his leadership, it was the Welsh Assembly Government that set an example to the rest of the UK in how to support manufacturing through the economic crisis that hit in 2008-9. The ReAct and ProAct training support programmes were vitally important in helping to retain skills within industry and ensure the chance of a sustainable future.
“Even after Rhodri’s retirement from the Welsh assembly he continued to take an interest and champion a future for Welsh steel making. His wisdom and passion will be much missed. Our heartfelt condolences go out to Rhodri’s family, particularly his wife Julie.”
Rhodri Morgan served as First Minister of the Welsh Assembly Government from 2000 to 2009.