'We Necessity Something Done, Rather Than Words'

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 4:06 AM

Sky's Siobhan Robbins talks to steel workers in S Wales after they confront the Business Secretary over their jobs.

'We Necessity Something Done, Rather Than Words'

It’s what they'd been waiting for all week - the chance to hear what the government and Business Secretary were really going to do to rescue their jobs.

When Sajid Javid arrived at Harbour Talbot’s steelworks, after being scrambled back from Australia amid growing criticism, he wasn't expecting to have to address a large crowd of workers.

Staff at the plant had other ideas, though. 

While the Business Secretary spent four hours interior the Tata building talking to unions and managers, a crowd gathered outside.

Some had arrive from home, while others joined their workmates at the finish of their shifts; all were there for answers. 

Just after 4pm, they got their chance.

"You're not gonna let us go to the wall?" asked Chris Evans, one of many here who have committed their lives to steel.

"We're doing everything we can," was Sajid Javid's reply.

"Have we got time?" came a whoop from the crowd.

"I think the time is there. The meetings today have been constructive" was the answer.

As the Business Secretary was whisked far in a Jaguar, I asked the workers what they thought of his responses.

"It'south more positive than what we've had all week. When the boys came back from Mumbai it was all doom and gloom," said Lyndon Jones, who's worked at the site for thirty years.

"He was a lot longer in there than I thought he was gonna be so I get it that's positive."

His colleague Christopher Walters echoed his view, saying: "It sounded encouraging words, but again it'south a time issue. We necessity something done, rather than words."

Let'south create it clear: there is still number buyer, number timeline or clear plan.

But for some of the workers this visit has changed one necessary thing: they presently have hope.

But hope won't rescue this site or the thirteen others at risk.

The workers necessity to look action if ministers really wish to prove that they are – in Mister Javid’s words – "on your side".

 

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