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Interviews ‘secured’ after Murco jobs fair

Supporting workers: Cllr Jamie Adams with representatives of Bluestone, Natalia Miles and Debbie Downs
Supporting workers: Cllr Jamie Adams with representatives of Bluestone, Natalia Miles and Debbie Downs
Supporting workers: Cllr Jamie Adams with representatives of
Bluestone, Natalia Miles and Debbie Downs

MORE than 300 former employees of Murco and people who work for their supplier companies visited a Jobs Fair this week at the Bridge Innovation Centre in Pembroke Dock. The Jobs Fair was organised by JobCentre Plus on behalf of the Murco Task Force. Visitors were able to see and discuss many jobs on offer from places as far afield as Canada and Saudi Arabia, as well as from local firms in Pembrokeshire. A number of interviews were secured.

Cllr Jamie Adams visited the Jobs Fair and spoke to a number of the businesses offering jobs. He said: “The County Council are pleased that they were able to support Job Centre Plus in facilitating this event at the Bridge Innovation Centre. “While I was pleased to see so many jobs on offer for skilled workers it was somewhat disappointing to see that a large proportion of these were outside of Wales and that skills and knowledge will inevitably be lost to Pembrokeshire.”

He added: “We are also aware that a number of other local businesses will suffer as a result of the situation at Murco. “We urge them to contact either the Council’s regeneration team based in the Bridge Innovation Centre or one of the other public sector partners represented on the Task Force so that assistance can be offered to these businesses and to their staff.” Speaking last week, Cllr Paul Miller told The Herald: “Murco staff need jobs and I am pleased that something is being done for them.

I am, however, very concerned about the impact of the risk of loss to the local economy. It is better something is done than nothing, but I will be fighting to make sure that we have skilled and well-paying jobs available in Pembrokeshire.”