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McCluskey calls on government to save steel industry

The leader of the Unite union, Len McCluskey, has called on the government to save the steel industry, as hundreds of steelworkers marched through Westminster to highlight the crisis.

The board of Tata Steel is meeting in Mumbai but has yet to draw up a shortlist of potential buyers for its UK assets.

Thousands of jobs are at risk, with the Port Talbot plant in south Wales facing closure if a buyer cannot be found.

The issue still has to be resolved. We want a secure, guaranteed future for a foundation industry that is vital for our nation.

The whole of our manufacturing depends on British steel and I'm pleased that the government appear to be getting that message, but we want to make certain that those warm words are turned into positive action.

– Len McCluskey, Unite

Steel workers set to march to put pressure on UK government

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Hundreds of steelworkers are to stage a march in London to keep pressure on the Government to help secure the future of their crisis-hit industry.

Workers from plants across the country will gather on May 25 before walking past Downing Street and Parliament.

Those taking part work for several companies, including Tata, which is selling its loss-making UK assets, including the huge plant at Port Talbot in south Wales.

The steelworkers will demand that the Government works to ensure a responsible sale of Tata Steel and deliver a proper industrial strategy to support the entire steel sector throughout the current crisis.

For months, the Save Our Steel campaign has engaged hundreds of thousands of people across the UK.

This march will bring steelworkers to London to focus all our attention on delivering a clear message to government: save our jobs, support our communities and deliver the fantastic future for British steel making we know it can have.

– Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of the Community union

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Report: Reduce zero-hour contracts for care workers

Zero-hour contracts are effecting the ability of care workers to provide an effective level of service says a report commissioned by the Welsh Government.

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The study says zero-hour contracts increase anxiety around job security and hamper reliability in the independent care sector, "creating strain and dissatisfaction with service provision".

The findings from Manchester Met University recommend more secure contracts for the majority of domiciliary care workers and for zero-hour contracts to be used sparingly.

Researchers highlight several factors influencing working conditions: long working hours for little financial gain; perception of the industry as low skilled; lack of continuous training; and short visits to service users affording a lack of time for care.

It is clear that domiciliary care workers in Wales are doing a fantastic job, motivated by a sense of altruism to provide the best care possible.

However, they face a mix of pressures that affect their ability and motivation to deliver domiciliary care to the standard they aspire to.

– Lead researcher Carol Atkinson, Professor of Human Resource Management at Manchester Met

Video game developer to create 70 new Welsh jobs

Game developers Relentless Software are to open a new studio in Wales, creating 70 jobs.

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Brighton based Relentless, who is collaborating with Hasbro to develop multiple new projects, decided to base their work in Wales following Welsh Government funding support of £550,000.

We are so pleased by the Welsh Government backing our new studio in Wales. Without their support, we wouldn’t have been able to keep these new products in the UK, which was, of course, our preference. We are grateful, and also very pleased to be able to help grow the games community in Wales, and that the local talented workforce can obtain high quality development jobs here in Wales.

– Andrew Eades, Director of Relentless

This is a highly strategic project and a significant coup for the digital media sector in Wales. It will be Wales’ second major inward investment games development studio that will create 70 skilled jobs and attract £Ms of investment to Wales from a global entertainment company.

Wales has a growing international reputation as a centre for digital media and I am delighted that a global multinational name like Hasbro is investing in Wales and hope this will lead to further collaboration in the future.

– Edwina Hart AM, Economy Minister

Unemployment levels fall again in Wales

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The number of people unemployed in Wales has fallen by 8,000, according to the latest figures.

Between November 2015 and January this year, a total of 79,000 people were unemployed here, 13,000 less than between November 2014 and January 2015.

Last month I welcomed Aston Martin to Wales.This is a world-class company that was attracted with Welsh Government support against fierce competition from more than 20 other potential locations worldwide. They will create more than 750 highly-skilled jobs at St Athan, with a further 1000 jobs being created across the supply chain and local businesses as a direct result of the investment. Meanwhile, an expansion by MotoNovo Finance, announced yesterday and secured with Welsh Government support, will create almost 600 new jobs. The investment will see the insurer, owned by South African based FirstRand Bank, expand and diversify into new markets and relocate its headquarters to Central Cardiff Enterprise Zone, bringing its total jobs number to over 1000 by 2021.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister

Npower to cut 2,400 jobs after losses of £100 million

Energy giant Npower is to cut 2,400 jobs after reporting losses of more than £100 million.

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The company said it will make "extensive cost savings" to help turn around the significant losses made in 2015, and return the company to profitability.

Npower, which has 4.9 million accounts, has major plants in the UK including two in Wales, at Pembroke and Aberthaw.

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