Port Talbot steel plant is losing £1m a day as the cost of steel has plummeted
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Panorama: Save our Steel was broadcast on BBC One at 8.30pm on Monday 20 July 2009.
Very well thought of program, but a shame we did not get the required responses. Mr Brown visited a plant in Sunderland where they have just created 350 jobs, yet is far to ashamed to visit less than 20 miles where 3500 jobs are at risk. The government need to act now, I've paid my taxes long enough and I'm sure the government debt will get far worse due to paying benefits. Wake up Mr Brown, when its gone its gone.
A very disappointing program. If this is the highest calibre of investigative journalism that the BBC can dedicate to Corus workers, the steel industry and their communities then don't bother, we're better off without you.
Terribly sad that various Governments have allowed the British steel industry to decline in the way they have costing thousands of jobs and devastaing communities and families alike. Many families in particular have a long history of working in the steel industry. The people featured greatly affected by the losing of their jobs seeking answers from the people making the decisions was a worthy cause, but I thought would never see them receiving the answers and explanations they were looking for and I think entitled to. I am delighted that they were at least granted interviews when at first they were refused which I found quite astounding. Decision makers should be fully prepared to meet the people that they are forcing out of work to justify the decisions affecting their lives and their futures. I hope that those affected will find suitable jobs which will give them a living wage, and their families security for the future.
- Steve Fuller
Why did the analyst, in the histogram comparison, not compare wages, only material and technology costs? Seems a bit of a distortion to the main basis of the story - especially when we are heading into a trade agreement that will allow TATA to bring in its own skilled workers at half the cost. Point missed completely.
- Linda Kaucher
It is clear that the British steelworker will be consigned to history very soon. Tata's top man said that costs would determine whether or not the UK industry would survive. He knows that we cannot produce steel as cheaply as does Indian plants, due to low wages, poor terms and conditions which are imposed upon those workers. Tata are presently building new plants and docks in India and are intent on destroying our steel industry, no question.
On Panorama on 20-7-09 Lord Digby said if you stop a politician, don't listen to what they say, but what they do, (duplicitous remark). The program was unbalanced in my opinion, or the wrong people were selected to put the point for the survival of steel, and other products in the UK. Why was the point not made about the advantages given to other countries eg.how can we (UK) be competitive when the competitors don't play by the same rules eg. cheep labour, child labour, none compliance of the green factors, pollution and most of all if our politicians and program makers did more to get the message over to the UK public. They the public play the biggest and best part in this saga, which is, buy British and to tell your MP to stop all imports which do not match our style of living, and then we must pay the price for jobs and living standards, or get out of the EU, and trade with nations who do compliment us.
- Ken Thornton