"I will take on board any restructuring the company will make to safeguard my job."
He added: "We need to do everything we can and I know I speak for everybody when I say that we will do everything we can to safeguard our jobs in Corus."
Rob Edwards, the regional director for the Community union, said: "It has been said before that Port Talbot and Llanwern are the twin columns of Welsh manufacturing.
"I have got 500 members that have been crushed by a toppling column."
He added: "I have been talking to several members during the morning and afternoon and they are absolutely devastated by the news. It is a real body blow.
"The economic climate at this moment in time is not conducive to people finding new employment so people are walking a real path of uncertainty."
Falling demand ranging from cars to washing machines and within the building industry have hit the plant.
Newport council leader, councillor Matthew Evans, said many workers had agreed to new working arrangements at Christmas to safeguard jobs - and called for politicians in Cardiff and London to support the industry, as they had the financial and banking sectors.
He said: "I would urge the Corus management to now show the same loyalty towards their workforce and show some support for them at this difficult economic time."
Core technical and engineering staff will be kept on so they can restart it when the economy picks up.
Corus chief executive Philippe Varin said the move was "essential for the future of the business.
"The company will keep its focus on priority areas such as training, research and product development which, together with today's initiative, will ensure Corus is in the best possible shape to compete strongly in the future."
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