Reacting to the news that the Department of Work and Pensions is to proceed with plans to merge offices – including one in Porth - into one central location in Trefforest, Leanne said: “This is disappointing news and it will come as blow to workers in the Rhondda.
“When I joined with the campaign to keep these jobs in the Rhondda, many workers told me that travelling to Trefforest was not an option for them for whatever reason.
“It will also come as a blow to Porth town centre where the current facility is based. These workers spend money in the area and their loss will be keenly felt in the local shops.
“Centralisation of various sites like this also tend to end up in job losses down the line which is something we can do without during these tough economic times.”
Leanne added: “I also agree with the PCS Union that now is not the time for an office move. Such a large relocation is not something that should be undertaken during a pandemic. Furthermore, flooding at the site in Trefforest calls into question the suitability of the location and whether the move should proceed.
“I call on the DWP to re-think these plans.”
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