Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Breaking News: Royal Mint to be Privatised

I have learnt ahead of the official announcement that the UK Government will be privatising the Royal Mint at Llantrisant.

The Mint made a profit of £10m last year and according to Rhodri Morgan is due to take on additional staff as a result of winning the contract to produce medals for the Olympics. The PCS Union is deeply concerned about the effect this will have on jobs.

Plaid Cymru has consistently opposed the privatisation of the Mint. The Welsh Government is against it, the workers are against it and the local communities are against it.

The Mint was brought to Llantrisant in 1967 as part of a "regional economic strategy" to redistribute jobs throughout the UK.

Labour MP Huw Irranca-Davies recently said:

"Look at some of the benefits we've had over the years in terms of public sector jobs...in Llantrisant we've had the Royal Mint, relocated by Jim Callaghan."

"If Plaid Cymru, Adam Price or anbody else want to enter the debate about what independence would mean for Wales, they have to explain how those jobs would be defended."

How can the UK Government argue that they are defending Welsh jobs now?

No comments: