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Economy Minister says focus needs to be on workers

Economy Minister Edwina Hart says that while today is a 'tragic day' for workers at Tata's Port Talbot site, it's important to recognise that the plant is not closing.

She described the announcement that 750 jobs will go as a 'real wake up call' about steel production in the UK. The minister said Tata has made a lot of investment in south Wales, but it's a global company dealing with a global market. The priority now, she said, is to support the workers affected.

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Tata Steel job losses 'very sad news', says Cameron

The Prime Minister has said the announcement of more jobs losses at Tata Steel is "very sad news".

David Cameron said the Government will work with Tata to get people the help they need and continue to do everything it can to support the steel industry.

"I want to have a strong British steel industry at the heart of our important manufacturing base," he said.

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UK may lose entire steel sector, industry chief warns

Fresh job cuts at Tata Steel would be "another body blow" to the industry, the director of trade association UK Steel has said.

Gareth Stace told ITV News further job losses, which would mean the size of Tata's UK workforce has reduced by nearly 3,000 in the past six months, would be "really critical" for the sector.

"It sets the scene that this isn't the end of the crisis and perhaps it's only the beginning," he said.

"Unless we see much more significant action from government then we're going to see more and more job losses go on and on until actually, potentially we don't have a steel sector based here in the UK."

BT creates 100 new customer service jobs in Swansea

BT wants to recruit new advisors to answer customer queries. Credit: PA Images

BT is creating 100 new customer service jobs at its base in Swansea.

The company says it's part of an overall commitment to create 1,000 permanent jobs across the UK between now and April 2017.

As well as helping to reach their target of answering more than 80% of customers’ calls within the UK by 2016.

The new roles will be on top of the 50 extra advisors recently taken on in Wales.

BT says it wants to recruit new advisors to answer customers’ queries, as well as apprentices and some graduates.

Swansea is increasingly playing a key part in BT’s strategy both in terms of its customer care initiative but also its ultrafast broadband delivery - which is great news for the local community and economy.

These new permanent posts in the customer care team will provide rewarding career opportunities within BT and reflect positively on the good work that our team are already doing in Swansea and the quality of the workforce that we can draw upon in Wales.

– Alwen Williams, BT Cymru Wales Director
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