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Workers put up ‘Steel Not for Sale’ signs up in Newport

WORKERS in Newport erected Steel Not For Sale signs today as their campaign to save the industry intensifies.

Steelworkers’ union Unite erected over 100 estate agent-style boards in front gardens across Liswerry, Newport, over job cuts at the Llanwern steelworks.

The signs showed the strength of the town’s opposition to the plans put forward by Tata and the British government.

The union is balloting 1,500 members at Llanwern and Port Talbot for strike action.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “More and more people in Newport are joining the fight for the future of its steel industry.

“Unite has already secured a pledge that a Labour government will invest £3 billion to revitalise UK steel. 

“It makes no sense for Tata to press ahead with its devastating plans.

“Unite is urging our members to vote Yes to strike action and working with the community in Newport.”

Pont y Faen resident Keith Hobbs said: “I worked in the steel industry for 43 years and worked at Port Talbot and Llanwern.

“Everybody who used to live around here worked at the steelworks but over the years the jobs at the steelworks have been eroded.”


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