General Secretary, Roy Rickhuss, and members of steelworkers’ union Community will lead a march through Scunthorpe today, Tuesday 10 November, as part of their Save our Steel campaign.
The march will be timed to coincide with the start of North Lincolnshire Council’s next full council meeting. The steelworkers will present a petition of thousands of signatures backing their campaign to leader of the Labour Group on North Lincolnshire Council, Cllr Len Foster.
Roy Rickhuss said:
“Scunthorpe has steel in its DNA, so the event is not just about steelworkers, it’s about an entire community. A perfect storm is hitting the UK steel industry and at the moment Scunthorpe is at the eye of that storm. Steel dumping, high energy costs and high business rates are all putting steel jobs at risk.
“Steel is a vital foundation industry and is important not just to the North Lincolnshire economy but to the entire UK. That’s why we want to see action from local and central government to help to save our steel.”
Paul McBean, Community’s lead rep at Tata Steel Scunthorpe, said:
“The march will show we are one steel family at the heart of the community in Scunthorpe. We know we are facing some big challenges and hundreds of jobs are at risk, that’s why we want to take every opportunity to secure support for the industry. North Lincolnshire Council will soon have more control over its business rates – we want them to start thinking now about how they will use that power to ensure that steel making has a sustainable future in Scunthorpe.”
Steelworker Matt Cooke said:
“We have had lots of support for our campaign both locally and nationally. The march will be another chance for people to show they’re behind Scunthorpe’s steelworkers. I will be marching to save my job, my future and my town.”
When: 12pm, Tuesday 10th November 2015
Where: The march will congregate in Church Square before marching to the Civic Centre.
What: Steelworkers carrying banners and placards will be joined by local politicians, friends, family and supporters as they march through the town.