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Save Our Steelworks: Welsh Secretary to meet workers and bosses at Deeside plant

Published date: 18 April 2016 |
Published by: David Humphreys 
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THE Welsh Secretary will meet steelworkers and management at Tata on Monday.

But when he arrives Alun Cairns MP could be met by protesters who plan to together at the Weighbridge Road site to lobby the minister.

Union members, Labour Party politicians and members will position themselves at the gates at the Shotton plant for Mr Cairns’ arrival this afternoon to express their frustration at the UK government’s efforts so far in tackling the steel crisis.

 

The campaigners are set to be carrying Save Our Steel placards and posters.

Carl Sargeant, Assembly candidate for Alyn and Deeside, will join the campaigners.

He said: “We’re protesting against the UK Tory Government’s complete mismanagement and lack of action on the steel crisis.

“Steel is integral to this country – for tens of thousands of people’s livelihoods, for our economy, for our national security.

“The Tory Government has had months to act on this – where has Alun Cairns been until now?

“We’ll be showing our solidarity for the Shotton plant, a profitable plant that deserves a bright future.”

Speaking to the Leader last week Mr Cairns said securing a long term future for Shotton Steelworks is at the forefront of his mind.

He added that the UK Government was proud to support steel workers in Deeside.

Mr Cairns, who has been in post just a month, said despite increased interest in Port Talbot nationally, potential job losses at Shotton were “as important”.

He said: “I would say the employees in Shotton can stand proud of what they do. It’s not their fault the price of steel halved in 2014 and their effort is recognised by the Government and by their unions. 

“We stand proud to support steel workers in Shotton and across the UK.

“We will support any proposal put forward and I spoke with Liberty House who have made their interest public.

“Employees can rest assured we will engage with as many buyers as possible.”

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