disciplinary proceedings have started against tata cat worker.
DISCIPLINARY proceedings have started against the Tata worker at the centre of animal cruelty allegations.
Last month a worker at the site was suspended from work at the Port Talbot steelworks amid allegations he killed the animal by throwing it into a vessel normally used for carrying molten steel.
Now a spokesman for the steel giant, Robert Dangerfield, has confirmed that proceedings against the worker have begun.
He said: "A disciplinary process is taking place involving one individual.
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"This involves union representatives. It is a highly responsible process governed by our high standards including our values of fairness."
The spokesman added that the ongoing investigation into the allegations had so far failed to uncover any evidence of alleged cruelty.
"No physical evidence has emerged to date," he said. "As a matter of thoroughness, our investigation is seeking to be sure this unprecedented incident is confined to this case."
Following the claims bosses met with RSPCA officers to discuss the incident.
The steelworks has a population of feral animals and Mr Dangerfield has previously pointed out staff have often called the animal welfare charity because they were worried about injured cats and birds.
"We do have feral animals around the site," he previously said.
"It's a very large site and wild animals can get in. We actually welcome cats because they keep the vermin down.
"For the same reason we are happy to see peregrine falcons nesting in our tall buildings. We have even had them in the blast furnaces.
"We know we have a population of feral animals. We keep an eye on it but it has a job to do.
"Workers onsite welcome the animals that do get onto the site and regularly look after them in one way or another."