Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1060/29717

From The Socialist newspaper, 16 October 2019

Wales: Hundreds march to save the Orb works

photo Unite Wales

photo Unite Wales   (Click to enlarge)

Dave Reid, Socialist Party Wales

On 12 October steelworkers from all over Britain joined hundreds of Orb workers and their families on an impressive march through Newport, South Wales, to demand that the Tata Orb steelworks in the city is saved.

Tata has announced the closure of the Orb works, which has been making steel in Newport for over 100 years, with the loss of 380 jobs. The company claims the plant needs 50 million of investment to make it viable. Orb makes specialist electrical steel which now more than ever will be needed for the production of electric vehicles.

Steve Turner, assistant general secretary of the union Unite, pointed out that workers there inherited their jobs and that now we must pass them on to future generations of steelworkers in the city. It is crazy to destroy these jobs, these skills and this plant just as the economy should be transitioning to an electrically-powered one. He called on the Tory UK government to intervene to save the plant.

Delegations of steelworkers from Scunthorpe, Llanwern, Port Talbot, Shotton, Runcorn and many other areas brought solidarity to the Orb workers, which summed up the threat to the whole British steel industry. As Steve Turner pointed out, the British economy cannot function without a large manufacturing sector. And a manufacturing sector cannot function without a strong steel industry.

Community, the steel union, has put forward a plan to upgrade the plant so that it can produce steel for electric vehicles and use steel from Port Talbot. It would require 30 million funding from the UK and Welsh governments, with just 10 million net funding from Tata.

The plan shows how an integrated steel industry plan can be developed by the trade union movement. But we cannot rely on the vagaries of a multinational global giant like Tata to control what happens. The Welsh government should be intervening to nationalise Orb and bring it back into public ownership, demanding that the weak Tory UK government steps in to save a vital industry for British society.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.


In The Socialist 16 October 2019:


What we think

Corbyn must stand firm against establishment and Labour right

Mass united action against the war on Syrian Kurds


Low pay

Minimum wage debate: how can we end the scandal of low pay?


News and reviews

Tories out - general election now

The Cameron Tory legacy

Climate watch


Workplace news

Massive vote for strike action: postal workers - "we're out to win!"

PCS general secretary election: Marion Lloyd - standing for action on members' pay, jobs, pensions and more

Wales: Hundreds march to save the Orb works

RMT: Jared Wood - Fighting cuts, defending jobs, pay and conditions

Hackney SEND transport workers achieve victory

NEU support staff dismiss Tory 'extra funding' hype

Workplace news in brief


Tony Mulhearn

Tony Mulhearn 1939-2019: Courageous fighter for the working class and socialism

Book: The Making of a Liverpool Militant by Tony Mulhearn


Chinese revolution

China after the 1949 revolution: the benefits of the planned economy stifled by bureaucracy


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Be part of the future: join the Socialist Party

Mass union mobilisation needed to counter anti-choice group

Major new book out in November: In Defence of Trotskyism

Trade unionists discuss climate change

Pressure needed to force secret police disclosure


International socialist news and analysis

Uprising in Ecuador forces government climbdown

Catalonia: Mass protests against punitive political jailings


 

Home   |   The Socialist 16 October 2019   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Wales:

triangleTheatre: On Bear Ridge - an examination of loss, set in a post-apocalyptic world

triangleRail report into death of Cardiff Socialist Party member

triangleLondon: Showing solidarity with workers and youth on the mass demonstrations in Chile. 26.10.19

triangleHuge opposition to Barry rehab ward closure

triangleAusterity anger feeds movement for Welsh independence

Steel:

triangleSave steel jobs: Demand socialist nationalisation

triangleBritish Steel threatened closure

triangleNo to Trump's trade war

trianglePowerful picture of the Port Talbot steel workers' struggle

Union:

triangleUCU strikes: Union means business in fight against employers

triangleTrade union conference to force secret police disclosure

triangleRMT union members at SWR to walk out in December

Jobs:

triangleFighting for free education, jobs, homes, and a future worth living

trianglePay, jobs, pensions... Vote for a fighting general secretary

Government:

triangleBolivia: Right-wing coup ousts Morales

Welsh Government:

triangleBarry Hospital workers fight to save ward from closure

South Wales:

triangleWales: chronic NHS underfunding exposed

Unite:

triangleUnite housing branch supports stand of Enfield councillor

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

18/11/19

Enfield

Unite housing branch supports stand of Enfield councillor

13/11/19

Postal workers

Postal union determined to resist bosses' attacks

13/11/19

Socialist Party

I'm 90 and still a socialist

13/11/19

UCU

UCU strikes: Union means business in fight against employers

13/11/19

PCS

General secretary election: Enthusiastic support for Marion Lloyd

13/11/19

Socialism

Socialism 2019 - what you thought

13/11/19

Mansfield

We saved Chatsworth Ward - two years on

13/11/19

Fighting Fund

Help socialist ideas spread this election: donate!

13/11/19

Barking

Barking: protest brings pledge to remove dangerous decking

13/11/19

Campaign Opposing Police Surveillance

Trade union conference to force secret police disclosure

13/11/19

Climate change

Socialism 2019 rally: "Socialist change needed to end climate change"

13/11/19

Leicester

Leicester campaigns to save our NHS

13/11/19

Museums

Bradford libraries and museums: Unite members escalate action against cuts

13/11/19

NHS

Frimley NHS Trust strikes: Health workers walkout against privatisation

13/11/19

Workers

'McStrikers' demand 15 an hour

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


November 2019

October 2019

September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999