Welsh First Minister tells Clark to save the steel industry

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones has asked for action on energy prices and pensions to save the steel industry. During a meeting with Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark, they discussed […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones has asked for action on energy prices and pensions to save the steel industry.

During a meeting with Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark, they discussed the best way to keep Port Talbot, Tata Steel’s biggest plant in the UK, the centre of steel production.

Mr Carwyn said he would like to see the Welsh and UK Governments working together to tackle the crisis the sector is facing a big crisis since Tata Steel announced its plans to sell its UK businesses.

According to some experts, the problems in the industry are due to high energy prices.

Mr Jones said: “Steel communities are looking for genuine support and consistency and that’s what the Welsh Government has been fighting to provide.

“I reiterated to the Secretary of State that we still need to see UK Government take action on pensions and energy costs – these are the central issues that need solutions in order to move the steel industry in Wales onto a sustainable long term footing.”

In May, steel workers took part in a march calling on the government to save the industry.