Ogmore MP Chris Elmore joined steelworkers, Welsh Labour MPs, AMs, MEPs, and trade unionists in Newport on Saturday in an attempt to save the Orb steelworks from closure.
Tata Steel announced last month that it was closing the Newport site due to them being unable to find a buyer, putting 380 jobs at risk. The firm have said it would cost £50 million to upgrade the site in order to make it more competitive.
Many of the plant’s workers marched alongside their families on Saturday, highlighting the much wider impact the job losses pose to both local communities and the wider supply chain.
Chris Elmore MP said:
“It is clear that the UK Government’s industrial strategy is not working. It’s high time the government supported our skilled steelworkers and their families and actually put some meat on the bones of their industrial strategy.”
The Steel Union Community have worked with consultants at Syndex to create an outline business plan to keep the plant open and to upgrade the site to make it more sustainable. The plan would require £30 million of government funding.
Chris Elmore MP added:
“We need a steel industry that can remain sustainable long into the future. As with other sectors, like automotive manufacturing, there are huge challenges facing our heavy industries but with the right amount of government support, we can start to forge a more sustainable future.”