Aberavon AM takes the call to action on Steel to Brussels.

Following the announcement last month of the job losses at Tata Steel Port Talbot, David Rees AM has been working with the Trade Unions and colleagues to put into place support for those losing their jobs and also to look at the options and means by which we can sustain a viable Steel making operation in Port Talbot. It is well known that the barriers facing the Steel Industry, who are only asking for a level playing field in a competitive market place, are high energy costs and the unfair dumping of cheap steel from other countries.

Aberavon’s AM, David Rees, and MP, Stephen Kinnock, have been lobbying the UK Government hard for them to take action on these areas as they have the major levers to tackle high energy prices and lead on anti-dumping measures within Europe. They welcome the recent visit to the Tata works by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills to see for himself the difficult challenges facing not only local steelworkers, but the UK Steel Industry as a whole and also the impact that the recent job losses will have on the economy of Port Talbot.

David Rees said; “I hope the Secretary of State now shares my belief that there is a strong future for Steel making in Wales and will take that message back to the cabinet in London. However, I was disappointed that he didn’t accept my offer to meet to discuss the issues facing the Port Talbot works and the UK Steel Industry. It is time for the UK government to join the Welsh Government and act in unison to support our Steel Industry and protect the manufacturing base in the UK economy.”

David Rees AM is also taking this message to Brussels this week when he meets with staff from the EU Commission to discuss both the introduction of anti-dumping measures against cheap imports of steel and support available for those Steel workers losing their jobs and for the communities in which they live.

David Rees said; “It is important that we meet with all stakeholders involved in the current challenges facing the Steel Industry across Europe and I intend to ensure a strong message from the workers in Port Talbot is delivered to the EU Commission.”