Business Secretary Greg Clark visits steel plant

Greg Clark Credit: Press Association

The new Business Secretary has met workers at a steel plant which still has doubts over its long-term future.

Steel giant Tata has halted plans to sell the huge site in South Wales and is working on keeping its UK business as part of a joint venture with German conglomerate ThyssenKrupp.

Greg Clark, the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, visited the Port Talbot works on Wednesday and met workers and union officials, including Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of Community.

Tata sold its Scunthorpe plant but still has sites in Rotherham and Stocksbridge.

"Although today's meeting was in South Wales, the Secretary of State appreciates that steel is a UK-wide industry and that the current challenges affect all steel plants and all companies. We welcome the renewed desire to put industrial strategy at the heart of Government and I was pleased that Greg Clark today signalled his intention to involve trade unions in that important process."

– Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of Community