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Council leader's pledge on potential Virgin Media job losses

Swansea Council Leader Cllr Rob Stewart has promised support for Virgin Media employees following the company's announcement that the company is looking to pull-out of the city.

Rob Stewart at Virgin Media

Here is his statement in full:

"My thoughts are very much with the workers at Virgin Media and SITEL today and I can assure them that we will be working with all our partners to support them and help through this difficult time.

Along with our colleagues in Welsh Government we will be seeking an urgent meeting with the company to see what can be can be done to retain these jobs in Swansea.

We believe that Virgin and their contractor Sitel have a bright future in Swansea but if we cannot get this decision overturned we will use a team Swansea approach bringing together Jobcentre Plus and our major employers such as TUi and Admiral to explore all local redeployment opportunities that are available.

I have already spoken with the Welsh Government and they are going to convene a task force, as they did when Tesco announced their closure in Cardiff.

On that occasion everyone wanting work got a new job in the locality and I think we should aim for the same here.

We hope Virgin Media will work with us because the company owes the people of Swansea a debt and therefore a legacy.

Today's announcement deepens our concern about failure to invest in rail electrification to Swansea and the competitive disadvantage caused by HS2 in England.

It is now more vital than ever than we deliver the City Deal and the many thousands of jobs this will create. We are about to implement a growth deal that addresses skills and digital connectivity issues which will be key for the future."


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