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BBC Wales's Miles Fletcher
"Wales accounts for nearly half of the company's UK operation, it seems inevitable that jobs will go here"
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Friday, 22 December, 2000, 19:45 GMT
Steel jobs slashed
steel plant
Jobs in the steel industry are under threat
The steel giant Corus is due to make an announcement on the future of its UK operations on Friday with thousands of jobs cuts expected.

It is thought the company, formerly British Steel, will confirm it is cutting some 3,000 jobs nationwide.

More than 1,000 jobs could be lost in South Yorkshire, if speculation is confirmed that production is moving to Poland.

Llanwern steel works
There were fears over the future of Llanwern
Rotherham MP Denis Macshane was due to have talks with Corus on Thursday but they were cancelled at the last minute.

The future of the company's five plants in Wales is also under discussion.

BBC Wales understands all five - in Llanwern and Port Talbot in the south Wales and Shotton in the north - will be affected, but there will be no whole plant closures.

It follows speculation that Llanwern, near Newport, was going to close - but BBC Wales understands that is not the case.

Last week Sir Ken Jackson, leader of the Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union, asked Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers for a steel summit to draw up a strategy for the industry.

Steel summit

The union is concerned that the industry is losing 60m each month in lost export revenue.

In May, Welsh steel workers lobbied both Parliament and the Welsh Assembly about their concerns over the future of the industry.

Union representatives from the Llanwern and Port Talbot plants said that the strong pound had put thousands of jobs at risk.

They were told that the strong pound had cut UK steel demand by 10% in the past year, with millions of pounds being lost every month in export revenue.

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