Connect with us
Advertisement
Advertisement

News

Union holds meeting with Tata CEO over Port Talbot ‘mothballing’ reports

Avatar

Published

on

tata3STEEL WORKERS’ Union Community met with the European CEO of Tata Steel today (Mar 21) following reports that the Port Talbot works could be mothballed.

The meeting with Hans Fischer followed reports that the company is planning to pull the plug on an earlier plan to save the steelworks, which would have resulted in the loss of around 750 jobs.

However, more than 4,500 are employed at the works, meaning that far more could lose their jobs. According to the Sunday Telegraph, an ‘unnamed source’ at Tata said that the board was reconsidering the original plan, which had the support of Unions and the Welsh Government.  

Roy Rickhuss, General Secretary of Community, said: “Today’s meeting reaffirmed the joint desire of Community and Tata Steel’s UK leadership to save the Port Talbot steelworks. The turnaround plan, which included over 1,000 job losses, has been tough to accept, but we are determined to make it work for the future of our industry.

“Reports that suggest the Tata board in India will reject this turnaround plan are deeply concerning and Community will be doing all we can to ensure the company do not go down this route. The workers at Port Talbot have achieved everything asked of them and deserve the continued support of Tata.

“The steelworks is the beating heart of Port Talbot and supports many thousands of jobs in the local economy. The ability to make steel is vital to the UK’s entire industrial base. Even the prime minister has said that it is inconceivable that a country like Britain could lose its steelmaking capacity.  The UK Government must join with us in calling on Tata to support Port Talbot and help make steel a profitable industry of the future.”

The Chancellor’s budget was notably free of reference to safeguarding the British steel industry, when it was hoped that plant and machinery would be removed from the calculation of rates. Plans announced by the EU last week to speed up trade defence cases against cheap imports from China, along with urging member states to end measures that could block higher duties on ‘dumped’ products, have been described as too little too late.

Continue Reading
1 Comment

1 Comment

  1. Avatar

    Gary Jones

    March 22, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    The job cuts and rescue package was a European Tata initiative, the architect of this Karl Koehler, has left the company! We knew that it had to go to India to be ratified, why did Karl Koehler left the company before this?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

Police appeal following Llanelli assault allegation

Avatar

Published

on

“Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating an allegation of assault which occurred on the afternoon of July 19th 2020 on Lon yr Ysgol, Llanelli.

It is alleged that a male, described as white, thin build, approx. 6 foot tall, and in his 20’s. forcibly dragged a female into and along the street.

The female is described as  white, long brown hair, thin build, approx. 5’5” tall, approx 30 years of age,

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to PC 1009 Aled Davies either online at: http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DPP/0005/20/07/2020/01/C.”

Continue Reading

News

Carmarthenshire students congratulated on A / AS level results

Avatar

Published

on

CONGRATULATIONS to students across Carmarthenshire who are celebrating their A and AS level results.

Despite an extraordinary year and very challenging circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic, students have been rewarded for all their hard work.

A total of 98.6% of A level students in Wales achieved A* – E grades and there was also a small increase in the number of students awarded A* with 10.8% of learners receiving this grade.

At AS level, 22.2% of all grades awarded were A in Wales this year; and 91.4% of candidates achieved A* – E grades.

The results are broadly similar to previous years according to the WJEC, despite no examinations being held.

Education Minister Kirsty Williams yesterday (August 12) announced that a student’s final A level grade cannot be lower than their AS grade. This means some students may have to wait for revised grades to be reissued by the WJEC.

The commitment and dedication shown by students in Carmarthenshire has been praised by Carmarthenshire County Council’s education chiefs.

They are also commending teaching staff who this year with the cancellation of the summer examinations, have had to produce assessment grades based on a range of evidence such as classwork, homework, mock exams and non-exam assessments.

Cllr Glynog Davies, Executive Board Member for Education, said: “I would like to congratulate all our students on their AS and A level results; all their achievements and hard work has paid off and they are well prepared for their future goals and aspirations.

“It has been an exceptional year; however, it is important to remember that grades awarded this year are valued the same as in any other year and on behalf of the council, I would like to wish all our students every success for the future, whichever path they choose to follow.

“I also want to praise our schools for the high-quality support and guidance they give to our students which continues to impact positively on progress and standards. This year in particular, our teaching staff have had an even harder job, and we thank them for all their extraordinary effort.”

Director of Education and Children’s Services, Gareth Morgans, added: “Our students should feel very proud of their achievements. These results reflect their positive work ethic and dedication to their studies, and they can now progress with confidence to continued education, training or employment. I would like to sincerely congratulate them on all on their success.

“I would also like to thank our schools, our inspirational teachers and all our hard-working staff for all that they do to support and develop our students and prepare them for their future studies and careers. These results are testament to all their work and commitment.”

Continue Reading

News

Burry Port RNLI Malfunction On Recovery vehicle

Avatar

Published

on

A busy and eventful weekend at Burry Port RNLI, with a major mechanical failure on one of our launch vehicles, we were tasked to six serious incidents on Saturday evening, a major equipment recovery on Sunday, with a few minor incidents occurring when recovery was complete.Starting Saturday, at 5.30 pm we were tasked for both boats to assist in a major search for a missing swimmer in Rhossili Bay area of the Gower. Both boats were launched and quickly on their way, when a major failure occurred on our County Tractor launch and recovery vehicle, left it in 6 foot of water, undriveable, with a fast incoming tide, with the recovery trailer still attached. Our driver had made a safe evacuation from the vehicle and was unhurt. Both boats arrived on scene at Rhossili and the swimmer was found safe and well, so both boats returned to Burry Port.


The decision was made to abandon the Tractor and trailer, anchor and bouy them for safety. At this point we received another tasking from Milford Haven UK Coastguard, for a missing person with 2 children, last seen in the water at Pembrey Country park Beach. A search was commenced, but the 3 casualties were again found safe and well, so both boats returned to Burry Port.


Whilst continuing to make safe our stricken vehicle, our Atlantic 85 lifeboat was re-tasked to search for 2 persons, cut off by the fast incoming tide at Worms Head on the Gower. The lifeboat arrived very quickly on scene, located the 2 casualties, and took them to the safety of the beach, handing them to the Rhossili Coastguard team.

At this point, a group of people were seen on the sandbank at Pembrey old Harbour, completely cut off by the tide, so our smaller D class ILB was sent to pick them up and ferry them to safety, and handed them to Burry Port UK CG team.Our Atlantic Lifeboat was moored in the harbour overnight, as we had no recovery vehicle, and our D class was recovered and stored for the night.

By 9.00am Sunday morning, a specialist recovery team and vehicle were en route to Burry Port, and a spare tractor was also despatched.Sunday was spent planning and preparing for the recovery, with low tide at 4.45 pm, both lifeboats were placed in positions to be used if called on, and at 3.00pm the recovery operation began, with the Tallus caterpillar tracked recovery vehicle, and the RNLI specialist team, and some assistance from our D class lifeboat crew, the stricken vehicle was recovered at 4.15pm, replaced by the replacement vehicle and both lifeboats were made available for service.

Minutes later the D class was assisting people trying to cross from a sandbank to the Lighthouse, and then to a vehicle bogged down in soft sand, before all boats, trailers and vehicles were back in the safety of the Lifeboat Station.Grateful thanks to the RNLI team, and the transport driver who replaced our stricken vehicle with a serviceable tractor. Great respect to all our team, who even in adverse conditions and problems, still managed to carry out all their taskings, and assist in the recovery of the vehicle. A great team effort.

Continue Reading

Trending

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK