Tom backs steel union’s Port Talbot campaign

Tom Blenkinsop MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Steel and Metal related industry, has today (23rd March 2016) pledged his support for the Community Union campaign which calls on the board of Tata Steel to back the rescue plan for Port Talbot steelworks

Tata’s board is meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday 29th March to consider the turnaround plan to save Strip Products UK.

Tom said:
“This campaign is about more than steel plants. This is about the future of steel communities, UK manufacturing and an industry that has been the beating heart of South Wales for over a century. Communities that rely on steel for jobs and homes.

“Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, the steelworkers’ union and Stephen Kinnock, MP for Aberavon will be travelling to Mumbai to ensure the voices of British workers are heard loud and clear and show Tata the importance of this industry to families and communities across the UK.

“All those who care about our steel industry can demonstrate your support for the thousands of workers whose livelihoods hang in the balance and will be impacted by this decision taken in Mumbai by sharing the campaign video of steelworkers and their families who would suffer most is our steelworks were to close.

“It’s vital that we do everything to build a sustainable steel industry of the future and I hope you will join us in doing everything possible to retain steelmaking capacity in the UK.

The campaign video can be found here: http://www.community-tu.org/campaigns/a-message-to-tata/

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