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Fresh Tata investment talks results in pausing strike action

Tata has agreed to new negotiations on future investment in South Wales

Neath Port Talbot

Unite, the UKs leading union, has today confirmed that its current industrial action at Tata in South Wales has been paused.

The decision follows confirmation from Tata, arising from high level talks throughout the weekend, that it was now prepared to enter into negotiations about future investment for its operations and not just redundancies, in South Wales, including at Port Talbot.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This is a significant development in the battle to protect jobs and the long-term future of steel making in South Wales. Investment from Labour secured by Unite will be key to the future of the site. 

“This breakthrough would not have come about without the courage of our members at Port Talbot who were prepared to stand up and fight for their jobs. Workers were simply not prepared to stand idly by while steel making ended and their communities were laid to waste.

“It is essential that these talks progress swiftly and in good faith with the focus on fresh investment and ensuring the long-term continuation of steel making in South Wales.”

Unite’s 1,500 members at Tata in South Wales, began an overtime ban and work to rule on 17 June and were due to begin an all-out indefinite strike from Monday 8 July. Both forms of industrial action have been paused.