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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

Stand Up For Steel

Stephen Kinnock MP has spoken out in support of Tata Steelworkers in Port Talbot who voted by a large majority yesterday in favour of industrial action over Tata’s refusal to negotiate over the Early Retirement Clause. 88% of those balloted voted in favour of action nationally, with the figure even higher in Port Talbot at 95%. The turnout was similarly large, with 76% voting nationally and 84% in Port Talbot. Continue reading