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By Mark Palmer & Nick Bourne, BBC News

Port Talbot’s Tata metal plant future a ‘main precedence’ – Reynolds

The UK authorities’s new enterprise secretary has mentioned “job guarantees” will kind a part of the negotiations with metal big Tata about its Port Talbot web site.

Jonathan Reynolds mentioned there was “a better deal available” on the way forward for the plant and that it was a “major priority”.

The earlier Conservative authorities agreed a £500m rescue bundle to assist maintain the plant open and shift to greener manufacturing strategies, however 2,800 UK jobs would nonetheless be misplaced.

Mr Reynolds mentioned he and Prime Minister Sir Keir Starmer had already spoken to Tata and had been concerned in lively negotiations over the Port Talbot plant’s future.

“I’m going to make sure that job guarantees are part of the negotiation that we’re having,” he advised Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg.

Pressed on whether or not that meant he may assure all jobs, he responded: “Blast furnaces employ more people than some of the newer technologies available.

“So there is a vary of issues it’s a must to perceive however I completely agree with the purpose that we’ve to be sure that this can be a transition which works for working folks and that they are a part of that.”

Tata responded to Labour’s election victory by saying it would “be partaking with new ministers over our formidable plans to spend money on and remodel Port Talbot”.

Mr Reynolds said the timescale for the government’s negotiations was “not a big one”.

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One of the furnaces at Port Talbot closed last Friday and a second will shut in September

Unite union general secretary Sharon Graham said the steel industry had been decimated.

She said it needed investment, job guarantees and procurement legislation that “all UK infrastructure initiatives ought to use UK metal”.

“We have to again British metal, we have to again British enterprise – funding goes to be key,” she told the BBC.

Mr Reynolds said Labour’s manifesto had pledged £2.5bn on top of the £500m already agreed by the former government.

“It’s not about underwriting loss making companies in maybe the best way we’d have considered industrial coverage prior to now. It is about being a companion for funding sooner or later,” he mentioned.

“There is more cash out there for the metal business below our plans for presidency, however that is about ensuring we make this transition with the non-public sector collectively and recognise how we’ve to be sure that decarbonisation shouldn’t be de-industrialisation and we have to try this collectively.

“But there is a better deal available for Port Talbot and the steel industry as a whole – I’m sure of that.”

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Tata says Port Talbot’s blast furnace operation has been incurring losses of £1m a day

Tata Steel UK head Rajesh Nair mentioned he was wanting ahead to working with the UK authorities on rising inexperienced metal manufacturing.

“We will be engaging with new ministers over our ambitious plans to invest in and transform Port Talbot with electric arc furnace steelmaking, and to support our workers through this necessary but difficult transition,” he mentioned earlier this week.

One of the steelworks’ furnaces closed on Friday and a second is because of shut in September, ending Port Talbot’s skill to supply liquid iron from ore.

The firm mentioned the blast furnace operation was incurring losses of £1m a day and was financially unsustainable.

A deliberate strike for 8 July was cancelled by the Unite union after Tata threatened to close each furnaces because of security fears over a employees walkout.

Tata has been in talks with unions since January when it unveiled plans to radically remodel its operations to cope with its monetary losses and lower carbon emissions.

The blueprint was dubbed a “crushing blow” and the “worst-case scenario” by unions.