Port Talbot is hosting a 'day of action' on November 2 to garner support for Unite's plan aimed at saving the UK's steel industry. The plan focuses on public investment, job guarantees, and green technology to revitalize steel production and secure thousands of jobs.
On November 2, Port Talbot will be the site of a highly visible and vocal 'day of action' spearheaded by the Unite organization. The goal is to raise awareness and support for measures that would save the UK's steel industry and create thousands of new, well-paying jobs.
The initiative has already gained traction within the community. Over 50 businesses and organizations have pledged their support for Unite's plan. Among these are the Afan United & Aberavon Green Stars, the Port Talbot Gas Welfare Club, and Afan Ales.
A petition in favor of the Workers’ Plan for Steel has quickly gained momentum, with over 16,000 people signing on. This groundswell of support has already led the Labour Party to pledge its commitment to a bright future for UK steel.
Unite has clearly outlined four key demands:
Change procurement rules to use 100% UK steel for public contracts, potentially creating 8,000 jobs.
Invest $1 billion annually for 12 years in a Steelworkers' Transition Plan to transition to Green Steel, claiming the investment will pay for itself.
Cap electricity prices and consider public ownership of the grid to make UK steel more competitive.
Public investment must come with firm job guarantees.
Unite’s general secretary, Sharon Graham, has stated that while they have seen progress, the battle is far from over. The focus remains on keeping political accountability to ensure that the UK becomes a leader in green steel production.
Unite plans to put forward costed proposals aimed at turning around the fortunes of the UK steel industry. The organization is pressing politicians to adopt these measures and take decisive action for the future of steel in the UK.
The 'day of action' in Port Talbot signifies a community rallying together to save an industry critical to its identity and economy. The Unite organization aims to bring the steel industry back to life, with a particular focus on turning the UK into a leader in green steel production.