Steelmaker Ruckus is getting into financial trouble experiencing falling orders amid the effects of the recession and with the possibility of job cuts the Welsh Assembly has decided to make a move which could safeguard some steelworkers' jobs.
The Welsh Assembly revealed today that by August 2010 all government and local authority offices must be decorated with plants made of steel instead of having real plants in their office. The move came as more and more of the real plants were wilting away and not being looked after, watered, etc. by the workers, so by having plants made of steel they were dealing with this issue and saving some jobs. The steel will come in the appropriate colours so don't expect to see a rose in grey.
Some steelworkers will process the special steel which will then go to several factories around the principality which will secure a few more jobs in the short term. At the same time research into different qualities of steel for the home and workplace will be carried out which will take place at a research establishment in Port Talbot. If this idea takes off and other customers like the idea of steel plants for their offices and homes it could prove a worthwhile move to shift more production for making steel plants in bulk.
These should be in all government and local authority offices by the middle of 2010 so if you visit any government or local authority building from summer onwards, don't be surprised to see more steel plants around. The only exception is in hospital wards but the offices will still have them.
A spokesperson for Rhodri Morgan, the First Minister for Wales said that the idea of supporting the development of steel plants had been given a lot of thought and they decided this would be a feasible plan once all the teething problems had been ironed out. The next challenge will be filling the books with orders after work for the government offices has been done, but we will have to wait until then to see if it will work.
Mr Morgan is said to have already been given a steel red rose for his retirement in recognition for what he and Labour have done for the principality.