Released 19th January 2017.
Commenting on recent interventions by Plaid Cymru in the on-going discussions about the future of Tata Steel, Aberavon AM David Rees and MP Stephen Kinnock said:
“The proposals upon which steelworkers will vote in due course is the result of tough and lengthy negotiations.
“We have always felt and said that the investment and job security elements of the package are constructive and positive, particularly given that only nine months ago Tata’s intention was to sell the business.
“The fact that British Steel Pension will inevitably close is a harsh reality and politicians should not be seeking to meddle in the lives of steelworkers at this difficult time. We should all respect steelworkers and allow them to weigh up the proposal. We must allow every worker to draw their own conclusions based on the objective advice and information that they will receive on their personal pension arrangements over the coming weeks and months.
“The mind-games currently being played by Plaid Cymru serve only to undermine the process, by increasing anxiety and spreading confusion. It appears that Plaid AMs are engaged in a crude attempt to score cheap political points. This is cynical opportunism of the worst sort, and we urge them to stop playing politics with steelworkers’ livelihoods.”