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Angry steelworkers march through Port Talbot amid fears they could be thrown on the scrap heap in their thousands

'This bad deal for steel would see thousands of dedicated, skilled, and passionate steelworkers thrown on the scrap heap'

Steelworkers march along Aberavon seafront in response to Tata Steel’s deal with the UK Government that could result in thousands of job losses across south Wales

Steelworkers have staged a march through Port Talbot in a show of support for the industry in the town. On Saturday, November 11, the event which was organised by the steelworkers union Community came over fears that thousands of jobs would be lost under new plans by owners Tata.

The company's new plans aim to produce "green" steel through huge investment in the plant in Neath Port Talbot. But the union is urging Tata to reconsider its plans to move Port Talbot to an electric arc furnace-only site, reports PA.

The union has added that the company should look at alternative ways of decarbonising the works that would then protect jobs. Ahead of the march, Community national officer Alun Davies said: "Steel has been the lifeblood of Port Talbot for over 120 years, and nearly everyone in the town and the surrounding areas will know someone with a connection to the works.

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"Community's march on Saturday is an opportunity for the community in Port Talbot and beyond to come together in support of our steel industry. Steelworkers know just how vital decarbonisation is to the future of the sector, and that the steel they produce can play a vital role in helping the country go green.

"But the plans Tata have laid out are just decarbonisation on the cheap. Under their proposals, carbon emissions would be offshored to heavy-polluting countries which Britain would become reliant upon for virgin steel - steel which we should be producing here and is vital to our economy and security.

"This bad deal for steel would see thousands of dedicated, skilled, and passionate steelworkers thrown on the scrap heap; with UK taxpayer money being spent to support jobs around the globe, at the expense of jobs here.

"It doesn't have to be this way, and there's a just transition for steel that's available if Tata are prepared to show ambition and give our steel workforce the vote of confidence they deserve. The company need to pause and listen to the alternative proposals which our experts at Syndex will be publishing shortly.

"In the meantime, the community in Port Talbot will make its voice heard this Saturday. It's time to save our steel, and give our industry its future back before it is too late." For the latest Neath Port Talbot news, sign up to our newsletter here.

The march began at 11am on Saturday, which saw supporters marching from Memo Beach Cafe, before stopping at the Sunken Gardens and observing a two-minute silence for Remembrance Day. The march then moved to Aberavon Pier. According to organisers, the event saw members of senior and junior sports clubs from Port Talbot and the surrounding areas join together in a show of solidarity for the steel industry.

Here's the best photos of the steelworkers' march through Port Talbot: