08 June 2022

Steel workers dig deep for period poverty

Steel workers from across South Wales have dug deep to donate sanitary products for the disadvantaged and homeless in the Neath and Swansea region.

Steel workers from across South Wales have dug deep to donate sanitary products for the disadvantaged and homeless in the Neath and Swansea region. 

In response to campaign launched by Swansea-based ‘Matthew’s House’, the company put a call out to employees to donate money or products such as tampons, wet-wipes and tissues, and have been overwhelmed by the positive response. 

Speaking on behalf of the company, Abigail Thomas said:

“Although we have a predominantly male workforce, we are becoming much more open about issues affecting women. 

“Period poverty can be debilitating for those affected, particularly in low income areas across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, which are areas local to our sites in South Wales.  

Abigail added:

“Our appeal for Matt’s has been a great way to make a difference in the community, but it has also served as a way to spark conversations within the workplace, a reminder that periods and women’s health are not taboo topics.”  

During a recent visit to ‘Matthew’s House’, Tata Steel employees hand-delivered over 300 feminine hygiene products collected at the works.  

Thom Lynch from Matthew’s House said:

“At Matt’s, our biggest aim is to create a place of hospitality and hope for all, particularly for those who are vulnerable or homeless. 

“One of the many ways we achieve this is through initiatives such as our ‘Homeless Period’ campaign, by distributing essential hygiene products to those in need. 

Thom added: “It is companies such as Tata Steel that help us to ensure everyone gets through their ‘time of the month’ with dignity. We have truly been overwhelmed by the response from local companies and their employees.” 

Matthew’s House, an initiative of the Hill Church Charity, works closely with surrounding businesses and residents for regular support and donations.  

While Tata Steel continues to develop their relationship with the growing organisation, they also continue to champion women’s issues in the workplace through policies supporting staff who are experiencing the menopause and more.

Two steel workers in the forefront, holding sanitary products, with the steel making process in the background

About Tata Steel UK 

  • Tata Steel is the largest steelmaker in the UK with primary steelmaking at Port Talbot in South Wales supporting manufacturing and distribution operations at sites across Wales, England and Northern Ireland as well as Norway and Sweden.  

  • Tata Steel employs more than 8,000 people and has an annual crude steel capacity of 5 million tonnes. The company supplies high-quality steel products to demanding markets, including construction and infrastructure, automotive, packaging and engineering.  

  • Tata Steel in the UK has the ambition to produce net-zero steel by 2050 at the latest and to have reduced 30% of CO2 emissions by 2030.  

  • The Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes. It is one of the world's most geographically diversified steel producers, with operations and a commercial presence across the world.  

  • The group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $32.83 Bn in the financial year ending March 31, 2022.