Port Talbot steelworkers keep fighting

Steelworkers rally to save jobs - in photos

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A rally was held outside of the Port Talbot steelworks on Monday (June 17) ahead of industrial action which began the following day to stop Tata unnecessarily closing its blast furnaces and cutting 2,800 jobs.

Around 1,500 Tata steelworkers based in Port Talbot and Newport Llanwern began working to rule as well as taking part in a continuous overtime ban from June 18. The industrial action will severely disrupt and delay Tata’s operations and order book. Strike action will be scheduled if the company does not row back on its plans.  

The overtime ban and work to rule is the first time in 40 years that there has been industrial action in the UK steel industry.

The rally featured speeches and contributions from reps and Unite national lead officer Onay Kasab, among others. You can view highlights from the rally in photos below:

Unite Port Talbot site convenor Ian Williams

Unite lead organiser Joe Rollin

Unite national lead officer Onay Kasab

Photos by Mark Thomas