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Ospreys rumoured switch from Liberty Stadium ‘not on the table’

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REPORTS that the Ospreys could be set for a shock move away from the Liberty Stadium, have been quashed as the Llanelli Herald has learned that the move is ‘not on the cards’ at this point in time.
The former league champions have played out of the 21,000-seater home they have shared with Swansea City FC since the ground opened in 2005, having previously been at St Helen’s and The Gnoll.
However, the South Wales Evening Post recently published a report in which a ‘well-placed source’ said that talks were under way with regards to the possibility of the Ospreys switching to a state of the art new venue, just off junction 43 of the M4 at Llandarcy.
It was said by this source that proposals would involve a compact new stadium being constructed with a capacity of between 10,000 and 12,000 people.
When The Llanelli Herald spoke to Mr Jamie Rees, Head of Marketing and Communications for Ospreys Rugby, he was keen to make clear that there was no substance to such rumours, at least not within the next 3-5 years.
“We have a great relationship with The Liberty Stadium and Swansea City FC”, he said.
“Although many clubs dream of one day ‘owning their own home’, that is certainly not within any of our plans over the next 3-5 years.”
The unspecified source for The South Wales Evening Post was quoted as saying that part of the reason for the rumoured move was due to the large size of The Liberty Stadium, and the difficulty of filling it.
However, Mr Rees, in reply to the rumour said: “We are happy here at the Liberty Stadium, and we are planning on filling it.”

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Local foodservice provider gives back to children and families in need

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Over the last few weeks, Bidfood, one of the UK’s leading foodservice providers, has been rolling out its Action Against Holiday Hunger campaign, at nine of its sites across the UK. The campaign aims to support children and those who need it most, by engaging with local communities and supporting their holiday provision projects, fuelling them with supplies and volunteering support.

As part of their Action Against Holiday Hunger campaign, Bidfood Chepstow has been working in partnership with Swansea East MP Carolyn Harris, to support the Swansea Kid’s Lunch Club for the past few weeks. The depot has been donating a variety of food supplies to fuel the summer holiday project, as well as seeing employees from the Bidfood depot personally volunteer with Carolyn, to assist the running of the project and delivery of the supplies. The project aims to help support over 6000 children and their families this summer.

Discussing the initiative, Swansea East MP, Carolyn Harris, said: “Quite simply, a lot of families rely on free school meals during term time and are unable to afford the extra food needed for the six week break; this is why I set up the Swansea Kid’s Lunch Club, to help support these families in need. This year will be the third summer of running the lunch club, having fed over 6000 children in each of the two previous years.

“To help run this scheme, we have had to rely on kind donations of food and drink from a number of suppliers and Bidfood have been one of our biggest supporters. They were quick to answer my original plea and have been proactive in offering help each time I have needed it.

“In the current climate of austerity I envisage that the holiday lunch clubs will continue in Swansea East for the foreseeable future and I am confident that Bidfood will continue to be one of our key providers.”

Along with this, and as part of Bidfood’s Action Against Holiday Hunger campaign, Bidfood chefs have also attended several projects to cook delicious and nutritious meals to feed the children attending the sessions; as well as providing families helpful advice on how to cook on a budget and make a small amount of food go further.

Speaking about the initiative, Nick Sullivan, Head of Sales at Bidfood Chepstow, said: “Supporting the local community is very important to myself and all of our employees here in Chepstow. Children going hungry during the holidays is an increasing issue that affects many communities like ours across Wales, so it is important that as a business in the food industry, we use our resources to support these disadvantaged families in need.”

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Landore Depot in Swansea to be reopened by Chrysalis Rail

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A SWANSEA railway depot is set to reopen this month after closing in December.

Landore depot, which previously operated as Great Western Railway’s maintenance depot, was closed eight months ago.

It has now been announced that it will reopen as a rolling stock maintenance and overhaul depot.

The company will be using the site for vehicle refurbishment, re-paints and modifications.

Chris Steele, managing director of Chrysalis Rail, said: “We are delighted to reopen the Landore depot as a Chrysalis base in south Wales.

“We currently operate across the UK at both our own sites and our customers depots, and we are delighted to take on a new site which will offer greater capacity and opportunity to continue to provide high-quality rolling stock solutions to the rail industry.

“There is a great existing local railway talent pool with the relevant knowledge and expertise here in south Wales.

“We would love to hear from local people interested in a career in the rail industry with the relevant skills, experience and attitude to come and work with us.”
A date for the reopening has not yet been confirmed but Chrysalis Rail confirmed that it will be at the beginning of August.

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Amazon demo over ‘terrible treatment, unsafe working conditions and dehumanising work’

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GMB, the union for Amazon workers, has staged a protest at the company’s Swansea warehouse tonight in anger at working conditions.

The demonstration will took place at from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Monday July 22 at Amazon, Crymlyn Burrows, Swansea.

GMB has staged protests across the country this week to coincide with Amazon’s Prime Day promotion.

Since 2015/16, GMB research has revealed hundreds of ambulance call outs to Amazon warehouses, and more than 600 reports from Amazon warehouses to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

GMB members report targets being so horrific they have to use plastic bottles to urinate in instead of going to the toilet, with pregnant women forced to stand for hours on end and beingtargeted for dismissal.

It has been reported to GMB women have had miscarriages at more than one Amazon fulfilment centre whilst at work. In one horrendous case, it has been reported to GMB that after a woman had a miscarriage at work, an ambulance was not called and she went home on the bus in blood stained clothes.

Meanwhile a GMB survey showed that 87% of those that responded said they were in some form of constant pain, because of the nature of their work.

GMB will also be joined at Milton Keynes, by six Amazon workers from Madrid and Barcelona who are members of the Confederación Sindical de Comisiones Obreras (CCOO), and one of Britain’s leading trade union campaigners, now MP for Erdington and Shadow Minister Jack Dromey MP.

Mick Rix, GMB National Officer, said: “The conditions our members work under at Amazon sites are appalling.

“The reports we get from GMB members are horrific and suggest the practices Amazon employ at Swansea create unsafe work, in comparison to many other warehouse distribution centres.

“Amazon workers want Jeff Bezos to know they are people – not robots. It is time that Jeff Bezos showed empathy with the very people that have helped contribute to his vast and increasing personal fortune.

Jack Dromey MP Shadow Pensions Minister, said:

“It’s unacceptable that Amazon workers are subjected to working practices that would shame a 19th Century Mill Owner while the company makes ever increasing profits and Jeff Bezos gets even richer.

I will now meet with the HSE to arrange for a joint health and safety audit of Amazon with the HSE and GMB Union so no more Amazon workers are injured at work”.

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