Friday, 30 October 2015

Action needed to save steel industry after job losses in Wrexham

Action has been urged to save the struggling steel industry by Plaid Cymru's Carrie Harper.

Cllr Harper, the party's candidate for Wrexham in the Assembly elections next year, made her comments after job losses were announced in Caparo Steel in the town today.

Cllr Harper said: "Caparo Steel is a highly specialised operation and the factory in Wrexham remains profitable, despite the company going into administration. I understand the jobs have gone locally because it supplied two sister companies that have closed and short-term cutbacks were inevitable as a result.

 "It's vital that the steel industry in Wales is maintained because it is vital for the future economic growth of our country.
 "The job losses in Wrexham leave about 80 workers and I'm hopeful that it's possible to find a solution, whether that's a management buyout or another company taking over the factory, to enable us to maintain a strong manufacturing base here in the north-east."

Cllr Harper added that steel remains an important part of the Welsh economy, despite the massive job losses in the north-east in the past few decades:

 "This region lost 13,000 jobs when Shotton Steel closed in the 1980s, a further 1200 jobs when Brymbo Steel closed and, even though the jobs remaining are comparatively small, they are highly skilled and specialised. Wales cannot afford to continue losing skilled work and that's why we need urgent action rather than the do-nothing attitude of the Tory Government."

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