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:: 01.04.16 ::

Port Talbot - TATA Steel

Following the news that TATA Steel are putting up for sale their entire British operations including the giant steel plant at Port Talbot Cllr Anthony Taylor has been playing an integral role within his community and further afield. Cllr. Taylor a former worker at the Port Talbot works and a long standing SDP Cllr for Aberavon has been campaigning for govt. intervention both at Welsh Government and Westminister level to intervene to save the plant and smooth the way for a new buyer.

     Cllr. Taylor stated that if the plant were to close then it would be a devastating blow not only to Port Talbot but also the wider South West Wales area. 3,000 people are directly employed at the site add to that 3,000 contractor plus 6,000 in the supply chain and on top 3,000 jobs in the local economy then suddenly there are 15,000 potential jobs at risk. The national government seems to be ruling out nationalisation becauCllrTony Taylor today welcomed the encouraging noises coming from various sources inside TATA Steel regarding the future of the Steel Industry in Britain. Over the last week the British and Welsh Goverments have shown a commitment to helping interested parties to invest in the long term future of the industry in Britain. The announcement that the Westminster Goverment is prepared to intake a 25 per cent equity and enter into discussions with regard to the liabilities around the pension fund and any potential clean up costs is promising. A buy out consortium is meeting to discuss a management worker take over of the whole of TATAs assets in Britain is moving at a pace as well as other interested parties still showing their interest.

  It is in the interest of Great Britain as a country to retain a strong,competitive,robust steel industry in this country. Steel is a vital industry that is a large part of the manufacturing base of this country and it of vital importance that a vital part of our national security.se of cost implications but 15,000 people not paying taxes, claiming benefits,not paying N.I. and the reduced spend in the local economy would all cost more in the long run.

    Cllr. Taylor who has been very vocal over the years in his fight for the Steel industry, today stated that the Steel industry is vital to the security of Britain.  It is an industry of national importance that is vital for the future of our country. We must defend the jobs of steel workers right across Great Britain and ensure a future for the industry as a bedrock of our manufacturing sector.

    The industry has suffered from cheap Chinese imports that undercut global steel prices, they are also being hit by energy prices far higher in Britain than in other steel producing countries, higher business rates than other countries. The industry and its workers are not asking for preferential treatment just the chance to compete on a level playing field with their competitors.

Cllr.Tony Taylor today welcomed the encouraging noises coming from various sources inside TATA Steel regarding the future of the Steel Industry in Britain.

    Over the last week the British and Welsh Goverments have shown a commitment to helping interested parties invest in the long term future of the industry in Britain. The announcement that the Westminster Government is prepared to intake a 25 per cent equity and enter into discussions with regard to the liabilities around the pension fund and any potential clean up costs is promising.  A buyout consortium meeting to discuss a management-worker takeover of the whole of TATA's assets in Britain is moving at a pace, and other interested parties are still showing interest.

    It is in the interest of Great Britain as a country to retain a strong, competitive, robust steel industry in this country. Steel is a vital industry that is a large part of the manufacturing base of this country and a vital part of our national security.

:: 27.04.16 ::

TATA Steel Buyout Discussions

Cllr. Tony Taylor, SDP member on Neath Port Talbot County Council and a former Steelworker today called on the European Union to immediately impose stricter sanction on the importation of cheap Chinese steel.  In particular cold rolled steel products. America yesterday increased their tariffs from 266 per cent to 500 per cent.  As a result of this action China will divert its steel onto the European markets further exacerbating the glut of steel already in these markets.  China is vastly overproducing cold rolled steel and dumping it on to world markets at prices lower that the cost of producing it.  We must protect our steel industry and the associated jobs from this unfair competition and follow the lead of the United States by increasing our tariffs.  Cllr. Taylor is urging the British Government to halt its opposition to these tariff increases and demand the European Union impose draconian tariffs as soon as possible to protect the livelihoods of British workers.

:: 19.05.16 ::

Call for stricter E.U. steel sanctions

Cllr. Tony Taylor (S.D.P.)

Neath Port Talbot County Council

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The sun was shining in Birmingham on the weekend of our Party Conference which once again stimulated policy discussion from membership and also saw several new appointments to the Committee.  A statement of intent to focus on several new key initiatives and capitalise on membership growth which will bring increased momentum to upcoming bi-elections, was outlined. In stark contrast to another conference simultaneously unfolding in Liverpool, the new party officials unanimously praised the on-going dedication of Leader Peter Johnson and all attendees left with an enthusiastic vision of the party moving forward. Further information will be circulated in a forthcoming newsletter to the membership.

:: 24.09.16 :: (ammended 22.12.16)

SDP Autumn Conference and AGM

Rescue Deal For Port Talbot

Following on from a very turbulent year, steel workers at the Port Talbot plant finally have some bright prospects in the shape of a ‘rescue deal’ on the Christmas table.  Having been an employee at the plant for 44 years, SDP Councillor Tony Taylor comments:

An SDP Action Day in Neath Port Talbot is weeks away! Contact us for details on how to get out campaigning with the team.

:: 12.12.16 ::

“The announcement by TATA Steel is welcome. After all this time there is a sense of certainty in the plant and the town of Port Talbot.  The plan laid out will be welcomed by every TATA employee in Britain as this will guarantee the future of steel making in the U.K. for the foreseeable future.  Of course we must scrutinise the pension proposals but at least there is reason to celebrate.  At the Christmas season which represents hope and renewal, we can look forward with confidence.”

Cllr. Tony Taylor (S.D.P.)

Port Talbot Steel Plant

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