Community, the steelworkers’ union, will lead a march of steel makers through the streets of London on Wednesday 25th May. The march, organised along with the GMB and Unite, 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.
The march will start at Embankment before walking down Whitehall past Downing Street. It will finish on Millbank, just after the Houses of Parliament. Workers from Tata Steel, CELSA Steel and several other major steel companies will take part in the event.
Speaking ahead of the march, Community’s General Secretary, Roy Rickhuss said:
“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.”
Dave Hulse, National Officer for the GMB said:
“It took the government a long time to understand how serious this steel crisis is. This march will be an opportunity for all unions to send a clear message that we need a long term strategy to support our industry and safeguard vital jobs.”
Harish Patel, National Officer for Unite said:
“We have had a lot of warm words about the importance of our steel industry. This march will be about reminding government that actions speak louder than words.”
Members of Community, working in the steel industry, who wish to attend the march, should speak to their local branch reps about travel arrangements.