'This isn't over by a long shot', says union member

ITV Wales spoke with Alan Coombs, a representative for the Community Union at Tata in Port Talbot, about the union's next steps.

A union representative says he believes workers still have "a lot to fight for" after talks with Tata Steel.

Unions met with the steelmaker today (Thursday) and it's believed huge job losses are on the horizon.

Tata are expected to announce the closure of the blast furnaces at the site in an effort to decarbonise the Port Talbot plant.

But Alan Coombs from the Community Union says this could lead to thousands of job losses.

He told ITV Wales: "It looks like they're going with their original plan with a few alternations. We need to get into the details of that.

"Very disappointing to say the least for the workforce. We've got a lot of hard work ahead of us to make sure we secure everybody's job and we make sure everybody's got a future.

"We're determined to get their. We will get there whatever it takes because this isn't pver by a long shot yet are far as we're concerned.

"There's a lot to fight for and we will fight for it."

ITV News Understands that the steel giant is to press ahead with plans to close blast furnaces at its Port Talbot plant, threatening more than 3,000 jobs

Although there is hope a few hundred jobs could be saved in the transition period.

Unions representing steelworkers met bosses of Tata in London on Thursday for talks about the future of the company, after presenting alternative proposals aimed at saving jobs in Port Talbot.

Sources said Tata rejected the plan and were pressing ahead with proposals for a greener form of steelmaking to cut emissions and stem financial losses.

Unions will consult their members on how to respond to job losses, with industrial action not being ruled out.

A Tata Steel spokesman said ahead of the meeting: “We have recently announced a joint agreement between Tata Steel and UK Government for a proposal to invest in state-of-the art Electric Arc Furnace steelmaking in Port Talbot.

“We are committed to meaningful information sharing and consultation with our trade union partners about the plan to develop sustainable steelmaking in the UK and to find solutions for concerns they may have.

“While those discussions are ongoing it would not be appropriate to comment further.”

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