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LEE WATERS AM has called the announcement of 220 job losses from Schaeffler this week ‘very troubling’.

Schaeffler, which produces industrial and automotive parts globally, is closing its Llanelli base at Yspitty Road in Bynea, as well as a plant in Plymoth, over the next two years.
The closure of the two locations will result in over 500 job losses. The company will continue to operate at its base in Sheffield.
Citing Brexit as a major concern, the company said it would relocate its production to other plants in the US, South Korea, China and Germany.

Lee Waters said: “The announcement by Schaeffler this week is very troubling. Llanelli can’t afford to lose 220 high quality skilled jobs. I’m in touch with the company, the unions and the Welsh Government to see what can be done to try and save the factory.

“The Bynea plant has always had to flight for work within the company, and previous management had succeeded in making the old Ena Bearings plant a centre for innovation. It appears that demand for the parts is makes, and the performance of the plant has slipped.

“It’s hard to compete in a global economy.  This international company is easily able to shift production to factories with lower wage bills across the world. Schaeffler mentioned “uncertainty surrounding Brexit” as one factor behind the decision to leave Wales. Clearly this is isn’t the only factor, but we’ve been warning that the failure of the UK Government, more than two years after Brexit, to set out our future trading arrangements would harm businesses.

“Schaeffler exports 85% of the car parts it makes in Llanelli. When the company bosses look at where to put future investment it isn’t surprising that the prospect of barriers to exporting, and higher costs would be a factor in the decision-making..

“If we want to avoid other multinational manufacturing firms following suit it is essential that our future access to the single market is secured soon.

“This week’s awful news confirms a point I’ve been making since I was elected – we are too vulnerable to decisions made in distant boardrooms. Our economy is far too dependent on the whims of large multinationals whose shareholders and senior management have no ties to, or knowledge of Llanelli.

“Schaeffler, or it’s predecessor companies have a long history in Llanelli – but like so many others, what had been locally, often family owned firms have been sold to larger firms. These sales remove the local link, and remove the loyalty to workers and location that we so often see in successful medium sized firms.

“I’ve been pressing the Welsh Government to look at ways in which it can make sure that successful manufacturing firms remain in Welsh ownership as they grow, retaining a local link and ownership. I’m pleased that the Development Bank of Wales is looking at what they can do to support such an ambition – and the candidate I’m backing for next leader of Welsh Labour, Mark Drakeford is also on board.

“In the short term, Nia Griffith and I will work together to ensure that the UK and Welsh Government act in partnership to find a solution that works for the employees at Schaeffler and secures jobs for the long term. Where Nia is putting pressure on the UK Government to act, I’m working with the Welsh Government to ensure support is in place.

“In the worst case scenario, I’ll be working with the First Minister, and Economy Secretary Ken Skates AM to ensure that there is a comprehensive package of support available to anyone affected by job losses at the plant. But I hope the company engages sincerely in the consultation process and works with us to try and find a way to find a future for the plant.”

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    James Bradford

    November 9, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Oh look. Camarthenshire voted to leave. 55,381 to 47,654. Voted to take away the freedoms of their own kids, and to take them from mine too, and to pay dearly for the privilege. Who pays to lose freedoms?!

    Well there’s the wake-up call. And this won’t be the last closure. I hope that “sovereignty” tastes good, whatever you think that word means, as you think about losing your job just before Christmas.

    My absolute sympathies to those employees who voted to remain, but those who voted to leave are getting exactly what they were warned about and what they voted for.

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Llanelli: Stop notice issued for school planning application

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A CONTROVERSIAL planning application for a new 480-spaced school in Llanelli has been issued a stop notice by the Welsh Government.
Carmarthenshire County Council is proposing to build a new £9.1m school on Llanerch Fields in Llanelli and were looking to determine the planning application in the coming weeks. Welsh Government will now decide whether to call in the application or not.
The new school would accommodate 420 primary and 60 nursery pupils, set over two floors with larger classrooms with integrated IT facilities, a multi-purpose hall and specialist provision for pupils with additional learning needs.
Over recent years there has been much debate in the area on the choice of site for the new school with campaigners arguing that they support a new school, but object against Llanerch fields being built upon. Last year an attempt to get the land designated as a village green was turned down.
In 2017, Ysgol Dewi Sant as the first Welsh medium primary school to be provided by a local authority celebrated its 70th birthday.
Councillor Rob James, local member for Lliedi, stated “From day one I have raised concerns that the Council’s site choice and planning process opened the Council up to the possibility of the Welsh Government calling in the planning application. It is clear that these concerns were not misplaced and there is now a really chance that it will be. 

“As a local Councillor, a school governor and a parent, I am passionate about the need for a new school for the pupils of Ysgol Dewi Sant and it is important that local pupils get the benefits of a 21st century school.
“I will now be working with Council Officers to ensure that contingency plans are prepared in case the Welsh Government state that the planning application does not comply with national planning policy.
“I will also work with parents, pupils, residents and interested parties are able to engage with the Welsh Government during this process.”

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Third annual Burry Port Raft Race is eagerly awaited

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THE THIRD ANNUAL BURRY PORT RAFT RACE, organised by Burry Port couple, Craig and Isabel Goodman, will be held on Saturday (July 27).

The event which is held in Burry Port Harbour, raises much needed funds for both Burry Port RNLI and a children’s football academy and primary school the couple support in The Gambia.

The day launches at 12pm with stands, food stalls and children’s inflatable games and rides and these will be available until 5pm. You’ll also have a chance to meet the crews, who’ll be busy putting the final touches to their rafts.

Rafts launch at 3pm, followed by a presentation ceremony, including prizes for first raft over the line, first raft to sink and best dressed raft.

Craig said: ” A huge thank you goes to all our sponsors, including overall sponsor Dawsons, along with continued sponsorship from Celtic Couriers, Parker Plant Hire, Burns Pet Nutrition, Burry Port Co-Op, Llanelli Star, LBS Builders Merchants, Burry Port Marina, First Choice Flooring and Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council.

For any further information about the event, please contact 07825 842981.

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Compensation offered after FSCS declares Llanelli firm in default

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CONSUMERS could get back money they have lost as a result of their dealings with a failed regulated firm in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. The firm is Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited formerly Assura Protect, Room 1, 7 Meadows Bridge, Parc Menter, Cross Hands, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA14 6RA.

The firm was declared in default in June 2019 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

FSCS is the UK’s statutory compensation scheme that protects customers of authorised financial services firms that carry out certain regulated activities. A declaration of default means FSCS is satisfied a firm is unable to pay claims for compensation made against it. This paves the way for customers of that firm to make a claim for compensation with FSCS.

Alex Kuczynski, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at FSCS, said: “FSCS steps in to protect consumers around the UK when authorised financial services firms go bust. This vital service, which is free to consumers, protects deposits, insurance, investments, home finance and debt management. We want anyone who believes they may be owed money as a result of their dealings with this firm to get in touch, as we may be able to help you.”

Since it began in 2001, FSCS has helped more than 4.5m people, paying out more than £26bn in compensation.

If you wish to make a claim with FSCS against Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited, you may be able to do so using FSCS’s online claims service at https://claims.fscs.org.uk Or you can contact its Customer Services Team on 0800 678 1100 or 020 7741 4100

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