TATA STEEL will cut 1,050 more UK jobs, with 750 of the redundancies to be in Port Talbot, sources close to the firm have said.
The job cuts are in addition to the hundreds of job cuts which were announced by Tata last year. The company blamed the redundancies on plunging steel prices caused by the dumping to cheap Chinese steel on the EU market.
Although Tata is currently saying that it will not comment on the plans, it is expected that the heavy jobs cuts in Port Talbot will save the plant from closure.
Port Talbot employs 4,000 workers, and is the biggest steel plant in Britain but is currently making a loss of £1 million per day.
An official announcement on the cuts is expected on Monday (Jan 18).
A government spokesman told The Herald: “While this remains unconfirmed by the company, these reports are concerning and we are monitoring the situation closely.
“The government continues to engage closely with Tata on how we can help during this difficult period for the sector.”
The firm currently employs around 750 staff in Llanelli,
Memorial Tractor Run in honour of member
A MEMORIAL tractor run took place on July 20, and was organised by Mike at Kidwelly Tractor Boys in memory of one of their members Roy Evans who passed away in January. The aim of the event was to remember Roy and to raise money for Prostate Cymru.
An ‘enjoyable day was had by all’, with the run being over 25 miles long, following a route all around the local area. It started off in Penybont Fields, Trimsaran, opposite Spudders Bridge and went over to Llandyfaelog, Mynydd y Garreg, Pontantwn, Ferryside, Kidwelly and Pinged, both on and off road.
Over 30 tractors participated in the run and many more people came to support, and to see the display of vintage machinery kindly put on by Mr Phil Young.
The total raised was £760, which will all go to Prostate Cymru, a charity which is dedicated to fight prostate cancer, procuring equipment and raising awareness of the disease.
Roy’s family gave the following statement: “We would like to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who made a donation and supported the event in any way. Special thanks to Mike Evans from Kidwelly Tractor Club for organising the event, and to Mr Phillip Young for hosting the event at his farm. We are exceptionally happy with the amount of money raised and are overwhelmed by the support received from family, friends and local people.”
Mum-of-three dies in Pembrey motorcycle crash
A MOTORCYCLIST has died after falling from her bike at Pembrey Circuit on Sunday (Jul 7).
Mother-of-three Laura Davies, 39, had been riding her Yamaha R1 at the Carmarthenshire race track when she fell off the bike, suffering suffered serious head injuries. Ms Davies was airlifted to University Hospital Wales in Cardiff but later passed away.
In a statement, Phil Bevan Trackdays, the company which organised the race event said: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that we must inform you that due to an incident on Sunday’s Event (Jul 7) one of our riders, Laura Davies has passed away.”
“At 4.39 pm, in the final intermediate session of the day, she fell from her R1 at Brooklands Hairpin and suffered serious head injuries. She was immediately attended to by the Pembrey Medical Team and the Wales Air Ambulance summoned. She was then flown to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff at approximately 5.45 pm. No other rider was involved in the incident.
We, as the Phil Bevan Trackdays team, wish to pass on our sincere condolences to both the immediate family and friends at such a tragic time. We would also like to thank the medical team at Pembrey Circuit and University Hospital of Wales. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May you rest in peace, Laura.”
A ride in memory of Ms Davies had been organised by motorcyclists and will take place on Wednesday (Jul 10) in Haverfordwest.
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