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Tata Steel job losses 'devastating' for community

Tata Steel is to cut 250 jobs and mothball a plant at one of its sites, in a move described as "devastating" for local communities.

The jobs will hit agency workers mainly at Llanwern, Newport which will have some of its mills mothballed.

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Unions warned that communities will be "destroyed" and urged the Government to intervene to help the steel industry.

GMB will propose that the Trades Unions Steel Committee write to Prime Minister David Cameron requesting a meeting to discuss these concerns over the long-term future.

"We will see local communities destroyed with mass unemployment, while the balance of payment deficit will increase further if we don't act now and get government support and action.

Unless Government acts, what's left of the steel industry will be at risk.

– Dave Hulse, national officer of the GMB unio

Tata Steel to axe 250 jobs and 'mothball' site

Tata Steel is reported to be cutting 250 jobs and mothballing some of its mills at Llanwern, Newport.

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The jobs are understood to be going mainly at Llanwern with job losses involving agency workers.

In a statement the company said employees at the Llanwern mill would be "redeployed" within the business and the company would discuss possible impacts with contracting companies.

“Tata Steel has invested upwards of £350 million to improve the steel industry in Wales in the past five years. In the teeth of a recession we rebuilt a blast furnace, improved the Port Talbot hot strip mill and upgraded the capabilities of our world-class galvanising line at Llanwern.

But surging, and often unfairly traded, imports have combined with a strong pound to create a very challenging business environment. The changes we have told employees about will reduce our costs and enable us to focus on generating more value from our products, which will improve our competitiveness.

We need to concentrate more on sales of differentiated products to key sectors including automotive, engineering, construction, packaging and consumer goods.

– Stuart Wilkie, Tata Steel
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