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Plan B needed for Port Talbot long-term, economist warns

Tata Steel has made a commitment to secure jobs and production at Port Talbot and other steelworks across the UK, unions have said.

It could bring an end to eight months of uncertainty for thousands of workers who faced losing their jobs when Tata's UK business was put up for sale.

Community Union made the announcement following talks with Tata and other unions, Unite and GMB, on Wednesday.

But workers still have to agree to pensions changes and a consultation will start next week.

Prof Calvin Jones, an economist at Cardiff Business School, said that beyond the next five or 10 years, politicians should be looking to a "plan B" for steel towns like Port Talbot for a future beyond the industry.

He explained more to BBC Wales economics correspondent Sarah Dickins.

  • 07 Dec 2016
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