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Monday, 30 January 2017 08:15

First Minister and Economy Secretary meet with Tata Steel UK to discuss the future of steel making in Wales

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First Minister Carwyn Jones and Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, Ken Skates, met with the Chief Executive of TATA Steel UK, Bimlendra Jha, to discuss the future of steel making in Wales.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said:
tata-steel-logo"Today's meeting with TATA senior management was constructive and we reviewed the important progress that has been made since last March in keeping steel production and steel jobs at all the TATA sites in Wales. The company recognise the significant financial support package made available by the Welsh Government is critical to ensuring the plants become more efficient and sustain employment and keeping all options on the table.
"I made it very clear to TATA that they now have an important responsibility to explain in full the amendments to the pensions scheme to everybody involved. It is then important that we let the ballot take place, without political interference, and let members vote on the changes that have been agreed.”
Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure Ken Skates said:
"We continue to work closely with TATA to ensure that Wales has a sustainable steel industry for the future. We continue to make good progress on improving the energy efficiency of the industry, its supply chain and the skills base of the sector, with significant financial support provided by the Welsh Government to help drive innovation and modernisation in the industry.
"We will continue this work in the coming weeks and months to help build a viable future for steel in Wales and maintain steel jobs and steel production at all the TATA sites across the country.”

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