Tata Steel are planning to cut around 3,000 jobs across their European business as they are wanting to come to terms with the “severe” international steel market.
In what has been described as a “devastating blow” to the workforce around two thirds of the job cuts will be office based.
Henrik Adam, chief executive of Tata Steel in Europe said, “We are highlighting important proposals towards building a financially strong and sustainable European business.
“We plan to change how we work together to enable better co-operation and faster decision-making.
“This will help us become self-sustaining and cash-positive in the face of unprecedented severe market conditions, enabling us to lead the way towards a carbon-neutral future.”
Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Aberavon, Stephen Kinnock, and David Rees, Assembly Member for Aberavon, said, “This is a devastating blow to the workforce, their families and the wider community.
“It leaves steelworkers in great uncertainty as they await more details of any job losses in Wales and particularly at its largest works in Port Talbot.
“The steelworks is the beating heart of our community and any job losses will be felt deeply across Aberavon and the wider region.
“It is very disappointing that the statement issued by Tata Steel today contains so little detail. They refer to an estimated reduction in employee numbers of up to 3,000 across Tata Steel Europe’s operations, about two-thirds of which are expected to be office-based roles, but they provide absolutely no information about where the focus of those job losses will be.
“Will they be in the Netherlands or the UK, and if they are to be in the UK what will that mean for South Wales and our Port Talbot steelworks?
“Tata Steel should remember that these are real people with families to look after, they are not just numbers on a spreadsheet.”