May ‘must be tough’ with Tata
(from the Sunday Times of 29 January 2017)
A Welsh assembly member has condemned Westminster’s lack of action to save the steel industry and has called on the prime minister Theresa May to take a leaf out of President Trump’s book and fight to protect British jobs.
Adam Price, a Plaid Cymru member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, writes in the Sunday Times that the US president “personally strong-arms any company threatening American jobs”.
In December, the Welsh government confirmed that it would invest £8m to keep Tata Steel in South Wales, where the company employs almost 7,000 people, including more than 4,000 in Port Talbot.
However, according to Price, the British government is doing very little. His plea comes on the eve of steel workers voting on a package of proposals that would mean cutting pension benefits to keep the plants open.
“[It] has been presented in the starkest terms, as a choice between their job or their pension,” he adds.
That would be because the choice is that stark, Mr. Price. You can’t deny that Tata have bent over backwards not to be brutal, even though they’re in a situation where it’s impossible to please everybody all of the time.
And now you want to give them a good reason to walk away and wash their hands of the whole mess, like they nearly did last year ? You appear to forget that Donald Trump is lecturing US companies to bring their business back home – he has a far greater bat to swing and the clout he has over local companies can’t be compared with the influence the UK government has over an Indian company with a British subsidiary.
Clearly some people don’t get the message when the unions tell them to keep their noses out, because they don’t know what they’re talking about.