Commenting on the announcement that hundreds of jobs are under threat at Tata’s Orb Electrical Steels factory in Newport, Shadow Business Minister, Russell George AM, said:
“It’s incredibly disappointing to hear of yet another case of potential job losses in South Wales.
“380 job losses in Newport would be a terrible blow to the region and its supply links, and it would make Orb Electrical Steels the latest victim of business difficulties along the M4 corridor.
“The Welsh Government must be very clear about whether its delay to address congestion and transport problems along this road has had anything to do with Tata’s decision. I urge the government too to ascertain any other contributing factors in order to stop this spread of business strife in this busy and prosperous part of Wales.
“My thoughts are with worried staff and their families during this time.”
Welsh Conservative Assembly Member for South Wales East, Mohammad Asghar AM, added:
“This very sad news will have a big impact on the Newport area, with 380 members of staff potentially looking for alternative employment.
“I call on Tata and the Welsh Government to do all it can to support these people with this difficult process, and to retrain where necessary these skilled workers to help them find employment locally.
“I have contacted the company and I offer my help to anyone who needs it.”