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Port Talbot: Union calls Tata jobs talks extremely positive

Mr Reynolds met unions on Wednesday to discuss efforts to reach a “better deal” with the company.

The previous Conservative government pledged £500m to Tata Steel towards the cost of a new £1.25bn electric arc furnace which will melt scrap steel, but which requires far fewer workers than traditional blast furnaces.

The company closed the first of two blast furnaces on 5 July, and plans to shut the second in September.

Construction of the new furnace is scheduled to begin in August 2025.

“Our meeting this morning with Jonathan Reynolds was extremely positive,” said Unite general secretary Sharon Graham.

“The commitment given to achieving a sustainable, profitable UK steel industry is very welcome and, as was said this morning, decarbonisation must not mean deindustrialisation.”

She described the Labour government’s input as a potential “game changer”.

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