Steel continues to be at the forefront of the agenda for

Since being re-elected by the people of Aberavon on the 5th May, David Rees AM has continued to push the Steel agenda on behalf his constituents.

Since the 5th May, he has met with the Trade Unions at the steel works in Port Talbot and have arranged meetings with Works Management at Port Talbot and Mr Bimlendra Jha, Chief Executive Officer (Tata Steel UK), to discuss the future of steel making both within the UK and in particular at Port Talbot. He has also written to the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, calling for a statement to be made by the Welsh Government on the actions that have been taken since the dissolution of the 4th Assembly, a time in which there has been great activity as we see the process of selling Tata Steel UK move forward.

Today David also took the opportunity to raise questions with the First Minister as he faced his first First Ministers Questions of the 5th Assembly and tomorrow David will be joining steel workers in London as they continue to raise their concerns on the steel industry through a rally outside parliament. David has taken the opportunity to seek a meeting with members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Steel to discuss how both institutions can work together to secure a sustainable and viable Steel Industry within Wales and the UK.

David said; “Steel is vital for the economy of Port Talbot and I will continue to fight to ensure the future of our plant. We must work together across the political spectrum to ensure the sustainability of steel making within the UK is viable and prosperous. As I have already stated on record, I will be no friend of any government who allows the decline of our steel industry and I will always stand alongside those steelworkers in Port Talbot to ensure the plants longevity. The workers at Port Talbot have continued to show that they are willing to do whatever is necessary to ensure the plant remains operational we must secure its future for the long-term.”

He added; “I welcome the First Minister’s visit to Mumbai to meet with officials from Tata this week at a time when its board discusses the future of Tata’s interest in steel making at Port Talbot.  It’s important that the voice of Wales is heard at such an important time for steelmaking.”