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First Minister Carwyn Jones hails 'constructive' meeting with Tata Steel UK chief

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First Minister Carwyn Jones and Economy Secretary Ken Skates have met the Chief Executive of TATA Steel UK, Bimlendra Jha, to discuss the future of steel making in Wales.

I made it very clear to TATA that they now have an important responsibility to explain in full the amendments to the pensions scheme to everybody involved.

It is then important that we let the ballot take place, without political interference, and let members vote on the changes that have been agreed.

– First Minister Carwyn Jones


Toll cut 'long overdue' says Shadow Welsh Secretary

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Shadow Welsh Secretary Jo Stevens has welcomed the UK Government's announcement that it will reduce tolls on the Severn Bridges, but has urged ministers to consider dropping the charges altogether.

After tireless campaigning from local Labour MPs and many commuters, this long overdue announcement that the government will finally be lowering the toll is good news for businesses and commuters in South Wales.

However, with little concrete information about how the free flow system will work in practice, the devil will be in the detail and I will be pushing Ministers to ensure any changes leave people better off.

I’ll look at the consultation carefully, I encourage as many people and businesses as possible to respond to the consultation and I hope the government will consider seriously the views of those who think the charges need to be dropped entirely.

– Jo Stevens MP, Shadow Welsh Secretary

Union says TATA employees will not be guided by politicians

Unite Wales says TATA employees will not be guided by “publicity seeking politicians”

This week Adam Price, Plaid Cymru’s Economy spokesman, called on Port Talbot's steelworkers to reject the pensions deal on offer from owners Tata.

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The comments made by Plaid Cymru are deeply unhelpful at the present time.

Each employee of TATA has a difficult and personal decision to make.

As a Union we will be guided by our members.

It is for them to instruct us as to what their collective position will be on the proposals.

– Andy Richards, Unite Wales Secretary

In December the Indian steel giant made a commitment guaranteeing production at Port Talbot for five years and pledging to seek to avoid compulsory redundancies.

It also announced that it would consult with workers on closing the existing British Steel pension scheme and replacing it with a new, defined contribution scheme.

Unions will ballot their members on the proposals later this month.


People with hearing loss four times more likely to be unemployed

A leading charity has told ITV News that people with hearing loss are four times more likely to be unemployed.

Action on Hearing Loss, says not only are people finding it hard to get a job, they are also finding it difficult to be invited for an interview.

Watch Megan Boot's report:

23 year old Sam Lazenbury from Barry spent two years looking for work:

Sam Lazenbury Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The main source of support for people with hearing loss in employment, is through the UK Government. But the Welsh Government say they also offer support such as access to interpreters, tutors and specialists.

When you think that 1 in 6 of the welsh population has hearing loss - every family has someone in their family who has hearing loss and it tends to happen with age. The workforce in Wales is an ageing workforce so hearing loss is something we're going to have to get used to in our workplaces.

– Richard Williams, Action on Hearing Loss

In a statement the UK's Department for Work and Pensions told ITV Wales News the number of disabled people in work is increasing and a dedicated hearing loss advisory team is on hand to help job seekers.

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