Responding to reports that Tillery Valley Foods of Cwmtillery is in financial difficulty, Peredur Owen Griffiths, Plaid Cymru MS for South Wales East said: “This news is a bitter blow for the local community and beyond.
“For such a large and long-standing employer to have doubts over its future is devastating.
“I have been told by a member of staff that most employees are local and are able to walk to work. He added they many of these workers are without a car or a licence to drive, meaning their opportunities to find alternative employment are extremely limited.
“I am calling on the Welsh Government to do all they can to safeguard the livelihoods of this hard-working and dedicated workforce.
“I also want the government to do what they can to explore the possibilities of sending public sector contracts in Wales their way as I know that much of their work is currently done across the border.
“By increasing public procurement in Wales – a policy Plaid Cymru has been pursuing over the last decade – we can ensure more jobs are protected and new businesses are created.”
During a Senedd question, Peredur urged the Labour Economy Minister to explore opportunities to send public sector contracts from within Wales the way of Tillery Valley Foods.
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