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Tata Steel's 400 jobs cuts 'devastating', union claims

Around 400 jobs are to go at the Tata steelmaking plant in Port Talbot, the company has announced.

Chief executive Karl Koehler said the changes were vital if the company was to remain competitive.

He pointed to the UK's high business rates and "uncompetitive" energy costs as factors in the decision.

In 2012, 600 jobs went from Tata sites in Wales. It still has 7,000 staff with just over half working at Port Talbot.

Rob Edwards, lead organiser with the Community trade union, told BBC Radio Wales the latest cuts would be "devastating" for the workforce.

  • 01 Jul 2014
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