Chris Elmore MP has joined with MPs from across the country to call on the UK Government to do all it can to support workers at the Orb steelworks in Newport following TATA Steel’s recent announcement regarding the site.
The plans to close the plant were announced on 2nd September, with TATA stating that the closure would take place by the end of the year. This move has put 380 jobs at risk.
Meeting with other members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Steel and Metal Related Industries, MPs have called on the government to support the plant’s workers and to recognise the need to both protect and create skilled jobs in the steel industry across the UK. The Orb site is the only plant in the country which produces high-quality electrical steel which can be used in the production of electric vehicles; something that is expected to grow in the near future. TATA however have said that converting the site for this purpose would cost in excess of £50 million. MPs have long since called on UK Government ministers to provide financial support to the parts of the steel industry which would benefit from such diversification.
Chris Elmore said:
“If the UK Government does have an industrial strategy as it claims, it’s certainly not delivering for our steelworkers. We’ve had lots of warm words from ministers but while the Brexit uncertainty continues, our steel industry is still being left largely in limbo by the UK Government.
“I will continue working alongside MPs of all parties to ensure that we stand up for our steel industry which has been a key part of the backbone of the South Wales economy for generations. We must ensure that this industry continues to thrive and provide skilled jobs for our communities.”