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More than 9,000 jobs in Port Talbot and thousands more across the UK hang in the balance today (Tuesday) as Tata Steel officials meet in India to discuss the company's future.

In January, Tata announced that around 1,000 jobs would be cut at the Port Talbot plant - the UK's biggest steel plant. And with it reported to be losing £1 million a day, there are growing fears that the plant could be closed altogether.

But the Community steel union has travelled to Mumbai ahead of the crucial Tata meeting in an attempt to dissuade the board from closing the plant.

It is understood that some of Port Talbot's plant managers have devised a plan, which they believe will turnaround the business and return it to profit in two years.

A spokesperson for the Community union said talks had been "open and constructive".

Roy Rickhuss, general secretary of Community, said: "In Mumbai, I'll be standing up for the whole UK steel industry and asking Tata to give us the chance we need to succeed.

"Steel is the very foundation of our manufacturing base; even the prime minister has conceded that it would be simply unacceptable for Tata to end our steelmaking capacity."

Stephen Kinnock, MP for Aberavon, who has accompanied the delegation to Mumbai, said: “It is now absolutely essential that Tata holds its nerve and continues to believe in the world-class workforce that we have in Port Talbot.”