Swansea City’s show of solidarity with Port Talbot workers as they unveil ‘Save our Steel’ banner
Steel workers were invited onto the pitch ahead of Swansea City’s match against Chelsea to unveil a ‘Save our Steel’ banner as Tata workers face major threats to their jobs. The move by the club to invite the six Port Talbot workers onto the pitch ahead of their Premier League clash was a show of solidarity.
The unveiling of the banner at the Liberty Stadium follows the plant’s Indian bosses’ announcement they are to sell the entire UK business.
Alan Coombs, the lead community representative of the Port Talbot steelworkers, who went onto the pitch ahead of the game, said: “What we are doing today is so important. The more people we can get involved the more awareness we can raise and it’s great we can raise this banner in front of so many supporters.
“Everyone who comes to watch Swansea has a link to the Port Talbot plant and there will be a couple of hundred, maybe a thousand, regular season ticket holders who work there in the crowd.
“If anything happened to the plant it would have an impact on the club.
“It’s a show of solidarity and keeps the issue at the front of the news in the public limelight and keeps the pressure on the politicians and government too.”
Mr Coombs also said the Swansea City Supporters’ Trust had already arranged to have their own banner in solidarity with the steelworkers and added: “It’s great to have the support of those fans and it was amazing to find out they had started their own campaign without any prompting.”
A Swansea City spokesman said: “Closure of the Tata Steel plants at Port Talbot and Llanelli will have a massive impact on the lives of the workers themselves, their families, and those other jobs and businesses that rely on the steel industry.
He added: “The Swans are standing up for the steelworkers and our local community by backing calls for a solution to save the industry from closure.”
Swansea City 1-0 Chelsea
Saturday 9 April 2016