Talks continuing to settle valley mine job loss fears
NEGOTIATIONS concerning potential jobs losses are set to continue at a Neath Valley mine.
A meeting between management at the Unity Mine at Cwmgwrach, Neath Port Talbot council leader, Ali Thomas, and politicians took place yesterday.
It follows claims from Neath MP Peter Hain that the director of the mine, Richard Nugent, is having to lay off employees due to delays in planning consents.
Since then meetings have been held with unions but no firm details have yet been announced.
Neath AM Gwenda Thomas (pictured), who attended the meeting yesterday morning, said: "This proved to be constructive and negotiations are continuing.
"There was a strong commitment by all parties to work together to seek to safeguard the future of mining jobs in the Neath Valley."
Mr Hain said he was grateful to council leader Ali Thomas for convening the meeting.
"It was constructive and negotiations are ongoing to resolve the outstanding issues," he said.
"But we are all very concerned that men are facing being laid off and this is devastating for them and their families."
Wayne Thomas, general secretary of the South Wales National Union of Mineworkers, said he would be attending a meeting at 9.30am today.
"Negotiations are still ongoing and we are in serious discussions," he said.
"We now need to establish the facts."
A spokesman for Neath Port Talbot Council said: "The council remains committed to working with Unity Mine on the outstanding planning matters, but rejects the implication that it is responsible for unnecessary delays in the process."
The Post contacted Unity Mine but no-one was available for comment.
The mine, which opened in 2007, employs around 200 people.