Tata Steel workers to get pay rise
THOUSANDS of steel workers in Port Talbot and Llanelli are set to get a pay rise, a union has said.
The move centres around Tata Steel which employs around 3,500 people in Port Talbot and another 750 people at its Trostre tin plant in Llanelli.
The announcement was made by the GMB union, which claimed credit for the above inflation rise following protracted pay talks.
A spokesman for the union said its members employed by Tata at locations across the UK had voted to accept a new pay deal.
The union said it would see all pay rates increase by 3.75 per cent backdated to April 1, 2013.
Dave Hulse, GMB national secretary for manufacturing, added: "I am pleased to say that the consultation with GMB members at Tata Steel on the pay offer for 2013 has concluded and that the members have voted to accept the deal. We have been disappointed at the company's attitude over this year's pay claim which gave rise to prolonged negotiations.
"It was only due to a stand-off and the determination of our members that we were able to secure an acceptable deal."
Tata were unable to provide a comment on the pay deal before the time of going to press.
Last November the steel giant announced it was shedding 900 jobs around the country, 500 of them in Port Talbot, to make itself more competitive in tough times.
The Welsh Government pledged to work with Tata to set up a task force, which Neath Port Talbot Council said it would support through its knowledge of the local jobs market and training opportunities.