Wayne David, MP for Caerphilly, has expressed his very real concern about the potential closure of an aluminium factory in Bedwas in his constituency with the possible loss of 132 jobs.
Sapa Profiles UK have said that they are entering a period of consultation with employees and unions about the future of the factory. The company cite changing market conditions as one of the reasons for this action.
In response, Wayne David said, “I am extremely concerned about today’s announcement. I have spoken with the company and received an assurance that there will be full consultation with the workforce, Unite the Union, the local council, the Welsh Government, the Assembly Member and myself before any decisions are taken. It was emphasised that the consultation begins next week and a conclusion will only be reached when an ‘agreement’ is reached.
“I will be liaising with my colleague Jeff Cuthbert AM, Caerphilly Council and the Welsh Government over the next few weeks. I will also be working closely with Unite the Union, of which I am a member. It is imperative to do everything possible to save these jobs. Sapa is an important employer and if the factory closes it will be a body blow to the local economy.”