The South Wales Argus reported that that some workers at LIBERTY Steel’s Newport site will be placed on a furlough-type scheme on reduced pay until the end of June. LIBERTY Steel informed the staff on 19 May that “We continue to meet with JNC representatives weekly and regularly review the requirement for the short-term working arrangement. Following most recent dialogue with both the JNC and National Union representatives, the decision has been made to extend the arrangement to the end of June 2022. As ever, we will continue to monitor the use and need for this moving forward. The arrangement remains unchanged, paid at 85%, conditional of flexibility to attend work for full or part shifts and being available, sometimes at short notice if plans change.”LIBERTY Steel also informed “A voluntary option for guaranteed time off paid at 65% remains available and we have seen an uptake on requests for this recently. Any 65 per cent request will be considered on a case by case basis, taking into account departmental workload.”LIBERTY entered into the UK’s steel sector in 2013 with the purchase of former MIR Steel UK now known as LIBERTY Steel Newport in South Wales. LIBERTY Steel Newport Manufactures & supplies Hot Rolled Coils in widths of 980-1540mm in thicknesses range of 1.5- 12.5mm. The HRC manufactured supports a variety of industrial applications including, but not limited to construction, automotive, pipes and tubes, structural hollow sections, highway, yellow goods, materials-handling and power.