Save Our Steel
“Steel is integral to our future in Wales,” says Jenny Rathbone
Jenny Rathbone, Welsh Labour candidate for Cardiff Central AM has expressed concern about the proposal by Liberty to convert the Port Talbot works into a recycling operation as this will rule out the most innovate products that are made from producing steel from iron ore.
Jenny has said “Whilst I am as concerned as everyone else is to safeguard the thousands of jobs at stake in Port Talbot, we need to have a strategic view of the importance of Tata’s operations for our future advanced manufacturing industry.
“In the Steel Debate on Tuesday I spoke about the importance of Welsh steel in helping Wales become more sustainable. In that debate I said:
‘What nobody has mentioned so far, is the strategic work that Tata has been involved in with our universities in the SPECIFIC Scheme, which is about creating the panels on the SOLCER house which will produce the energy that enables new buildings to become power stations.’
‘We simply cannot meet our climate change obligations unless we have the Tata Steels of this world to meet our climate obligations.’
“I also pointed out that by using imported steel for future Welsh developments, Wales would be using up to two or three times more carbon emissions by bringing it over from China.
“I wish to reiterate my suggestion to the First Minister Carwyn Jones, that if the UK Government fails to act to save our strategic steel industry, then we must consider supporting a management buy-out backed by public subscription to add to the £60 million that the Welsh Government is putting on the table. Overwhelming public support throughout Wales to Save Our Steel makes this a viable alternative that needs exploring now. We cannot wait for Sanjiv Javid to come back from Mumbai empty handed.”
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