Community, the steelworkers’ union, will today lead a march of steel makers through the streets of London.
The march will see hundreds of steelworkers from across the country demand the government firstly ensure the responsible sale of Tata Steel’s UK assets and secondly deliver a proper industrial strategy that supports the entire steel sector throughout the current crisis and into a profitable future.
Steelworkers will be joined by employers, industry experts, Dutch trade unions, and TUC General Secretary, Francis O’Grady.
They will be representing their workmates, families and communities from every steel town in the country. Representatives will be marching from all Tata Steel sites while other businesses represented on the day will include Celsa, Outokumpu, Kiveton Park, Harsco, Interserve and others.
Speaking ahead of the march, Community’s General Secretary, Roy Rickhuss said:
“George Osborne once said that he wanted “a march of the makers”, well today he’s got one. We are the steel makers and we are marching for our futures.
“For months, the ‘Save Our Steel’ campaign has engaged hundreds of thousands of people across the UK. This march will bring steelworkers to London to focus all our attention on delivering a clear message to government: save our jobs, support our communities and deliver the fantastic future for British steelmaking we know it can have.
“Over the past few weeks I have visited every steelworks at risk. I have listened to the hopes and fears of hundreds of steelworkers and I will make sure those views are heard when Tata is assessing the various bids.”