#StandUpForSteel

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Aberavon MP to Attend Summit on Steel

Aberavon MP, Stephen Kinnock, will attend a summit hosted by Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP, Minister in the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, to discuss the serious challenges faced by the steel industry. The summit will take place on 16th October, in Rotherham, and will be attended by MPs of steel-making constituencies, Government departments, CEOs of UK steel makers and trade union leaders, as well as representatives of the Welsh and Scottish Governments. Continue reading

It is 10 minutes to midnight for the steel industry, the future of this vital foundation industry is hanging by a thread.

It is 10 minutes to midnight for the steel industry. The future of this vital foundation industry is hanging by a thread. Steel producers and workers need the full support of the Government, and they need it now. Continue reading

Urgent action is now required to help the steel industry to reduce its energy costs

  Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon) (Lab): The Port Talbot steelworks in my constituency accounts for over 4,000 jobs, but it is facing crippling energy bills. Does the Secretary of State agree that urgent action is now required to help the steel industry to reduce its energy costs? Continue reading

Crippling energy bills are crippling the steel industry, and it is time for the Government to act.

  Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon) (Lab): What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government’s strategic support for industries and sectors. Continue reading

Statement On Tata Steel

Today’s announcement of 250 job losses in Llanwern was bad news for the steel industry across the length and breadth of the UK. The loss of any job is deeply devastating for the individual involved and their family. It is disappointing that many of those losing their jobs will be youngsters who should be considered the future of the industry. What we desperately need  now if for the government to stand up for steel and make a game-changing intervention to support the steel industry and the workforce who have a big contribution to make to the economy. Continue reading

Business Rates Holiday For Steel Industry

 Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon) (Lab):  My hon. Friend mentioned business rates. As we know, the lack of investment in machinery and technology is a major reason for the United Kingdom’s productivity crisis.  Continue reading

Far From Fixing The Roof While The Sun Is Shining, The Chancellor's Budget Will Send Roof Tiles Flying While The Storm Clouds Gather

 The fact is that Britain in 2015 is more unequal, divided and insecure than it has been at any time since 1945. We know that inequality between rich and poor in the United Kingdom has widened in recent years.  Continue reading

The Government And Tata Steel Are Sleepwalking Into The First Steel Strike In Decades

New Statesman The Port Talbot steel works in my constituency is owned by Tata Steel, a Mumbai-based company that employs almost 17,000 steel workers across the length and breadth of the UK. There are 4,000 steel workers in Port Talbot, and more than twice that number of jobs in my constituency depend on the steel works through its supply chains. The Port Talbot steel works has been the beating heart of our community for generations, and its output is of critical importance to the local, Welsh and British economies. Continue reading

MP Stephen Kinnock Backs Staff After Vote For Tata Action

Evening Post ABERAVON'S new MP has spoken up for steelworkers in Port Talbot after union members overwhelmingly voted to take industrial action over pension changes. Stephen Kinnock, who became MP for Aberavon in May, said he supported Tata Steel workers in Port Talbot after they voted by a large majority on Friday, in favour of industrial action over the company's proposed changes to pensions and its refusal to negotiate over the Early Retirement Clause. Continue reading

Cross-Party Steel Group Refuses To Meet With Tata Steel

Some weeks ago the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Steel invited Karl-Ulrich Köhler, Chief Executive of Tata Steel Europe to brief the group on the crisis in industrial relations occurring across Tata Steel’s UK operations. Late last week the APPG was informed by Tata Steel that they would be sending a small team of more junior executives to the meeting that was due to take place this afternoon.  Continue reading